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March 11, 2015

Sweet Sunrise Mocktail

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This Sweet Sunrise mocktail is a play on the infamous Tequila Sunrise, omitting the tequila while adding orange-pineapple juice and a dash of orange bitters for more flavor. Susannah of Feast + West shows how to make this delightful party drink that will please guests young and old!

A glass of the mocktail is served with a grapefruit garnish and a pink straw

Y’all should know that I love a good drink — alcoholic or otherwise — and my pal Susannah is making a gorgeous drink for us today! This special drink is perfect for all party guests, and y’all had better believe I’ll be giving it a try sometime soon, even though me and pineapples have a checkered past. Without further ado, here’s Susannah!

Hey friends! I’m Susannah from Feast + West.

Erin and I have become friends through our blogs, and I am so excited she asked me here today to share a mocktail recipe with you!

Cocktails are immense amounts of fun, even when you don’t add alcohol to them.

Whenever I throw a party, I try to make sure I have several options for any guests who don’t drink. Mocktails are the perfect answer. With a beautiful virgin drink in hand instead of a plain ol’ soda, no one feels left out.

More mocktail recipes: Sparkling Ginger Cranberry MocktailStrawberry Mockarita (Strawberry Virgin Margarita)Pomegranate Ginger Orange Sparkling MocktailArnold Palmer Iced Tea Lemonade MocktailNew Year’s Eve Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail

Overhead of the mocktail glass, ready for drinking, on a yellow cloth

This Sweet Sunrise mocktail is a play on the infamous Tequila Sunrise cocktail.

For that, you start with a base mixture of orange juice and tequila poured over ice. Then, you add cherry grenadine syrup which is heavy and will sink to the bottom, creating gorgeous striations in color—like dawn over a tropical beach.

For this non-alcoholic version, however, I opt for orange-pineapple juice and a dash of orange bitters for a bit more flavor. And, of course, I omit the tequila.

The result is a sunny drink that only looks like a cocktail.

You’ll love it as we move into warmer months, and it’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket for any gatherings you are planning this spring or summer. You’ll get extra points for being the thoughtful host with mocktails.

A close up of a Sweet Sunrise Mocktail, garnished with grapefruit and a pink straw

Sweet Sunrise Mocktail
Yield: 1

Sweet Sunrise Mocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Sweet Sunrise mocktail is a play on the infamous Tequila Sunrise, omitting the tequila while adding orange-pineapple juice and a dash of orange bitters for more flavor. A party favorite!


  • Ice
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 oz. orange pineapple juice
  • ½ oz. grenadine syrup
  • Slice of grapefruit, orange or pineapple, for garnish


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add 2-3 dashes of orange cocktail bitters and top with orange pineapple juice.
  3. Add grenadine syrup, which will sink to the bottom, then rise to the top.
  4. Garnish with slice of grapefruit, orange or pineapple.
  5. Serve immediately.


For the alcoholic version, add 1 ounce of blanco tequila (also known as silver tequila) before adding the juice.

If you can't find orange pineapple juice, purchase one of each. Mix 2 ounces orange juice with 2 ounces pineapple juice to make your own!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 341 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 68g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 50g Protein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

  Susannah Brinkley // @feastandwestSusannah Brinkley is an Instagram-obsessed graphic designer and cat lady based in Charlotte, N.C. When she’s not designing or taking a zillion photos, she blogs about food, design and travel at Feast + West. Traveling inspires Susannah the most in her design work and in the kitchen, and she loves to recreate recipes at home. Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  


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