There is something about a festive punch or a fancy glass filled with a colorful, fruity drink at a holiday get-together that sets the tone for the entire gathering. The only problem – in my case, at least – is that I don’t drink alcohol. It’s rare for me to find a fancy non-alcoholic drink at a party, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a festive party-worthy mocktail for those like me who chose to skip the alcohol.
Let me tell you – I have had a blast experimenting, and I think I’ve come up with the perfect light-but-flavorful drink. It’s so delicious that I couldn’t stop sipping it all day after I made it. And my husband gave the drink two thumbs up as well. He was particularly happy to have a drink made with real ingredients (and not a bunch of unknown chemicals).
I love how colorful and festive this drink is – it’s delicious enough for a holiday party but it’s easy enough for everyday sipping. My inspiration for this sparkling mint cranberry mocktail was berry flavored DASANI sparkling water.
DASANI Sparkling Water is available at Walmart in 12 packs of 12 ounce cans and comes in four delicious flavors: Lime, Berry, Lemon, Black Cherry. DASANI sparkling water is the perfect mixer because it has ZERO calories, no added colors or sweeteners, is caffeine-free and naturally flavored.
Sparkling Mint Cranberry Mocktail
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped cranberries
- 3-4 chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons cream of coconut
- 3 (12 ounce) cans of DASANI sparkling water, berry flavored
- mint leaves for garnish
- Add sugar and water to a small sauce pan; stir and heat until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture starts to thicken slightly.
- Remove from heat and stir in chopped cranberries, chopped mint leaves, and cream of coconut.
- Spoon this mixture into ice cube tray, dividing evenly among the ice cube sections. Freeze.
- Just before serving, divide ice cubes among individual glasses and pour DASANI sparkling water over the fruit cubes. The cubes will dissolve on their own, but you may want to stir a little before serving. Garnish each glass with a mint leaf.
Note: the number of glasses you use will depend on the capacity of your glasses – my glasses held a max of 9 ounces, so I couldn’t fit a whole can of DASANI sparkling water into one glass. When I made this recipe, I got 5 servings.
You could also simply add all of the cranberry “cubes” to a glass pitcher and pour 3 cans of DASANI sparkling water over all. If you’re planning on serving this drink in a pitcher, I might recommend doubling the recipe.
A few additional notes: the longer you let the cranberry-mint mixture sit in the sparkling water, the more the flavors will blend. Yum! Also, the cranberry mint cubes will not freeze solid but will be thick and gooey (the best word I could come up with!). That’s normal and actually makes the cubes dissolve faster in the sparkling water.
Do you have any favorite non-alcoholic drinks that you enjoy making during the holiday season? I am totally hooked on this simple drink – it’s light and refreshing and doesn’t feel heavy, since it uses natural, unsweetened (and zero calorie!) sparkling water as its base. There is SO MUCH you could do with DASANI sparkling water! I can’t wait to try a new recipe with the lime sparkling water (I LOVE lime flavored drinks).
The kids would probably appreciate it if I strained the cranberries and the mint before serving…but I think that’s even more reason to leave them in the drinks. More for me!
Love festive drinks like this mint cranberry mocktail? Then you’ll love out this Pinterest board with more Easy Party Drink Recipes and Ideas. Be sure to check out Dasani’s website for more information.
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