This Cinderella mocktail is citrusy, extra refreshing, and the prettiest color with the addition of some grenadine! This fruity mocktail is ready in just 10 minutes and is definitely going to be one of your new favorite non-alcoholic drinks that has the best depth of flavor!
If you've never heard of a Cinderella mocktail before, it is a citrusy drink with a little grenadine and some fizz. The fruit juices include fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice. This version also only uses a little grenadine syrup which adds a nice sweetness and color without being overpowering. Some versions of this mocktail include ginger ale, but in place of ginger ale soda we use either club soda or plain seltzer in this version.
This refreshing mocktail would be a perfect addition to a Sunday brunch, your next party, or for a fruity beverage for summer afternoons! Another great thing about this versatile drink is that it's also great during the winter thanks to all of the delicious citrus that can often be found in a local store this time of year. Between the color and the fruity flavor, in the winter this tasty tropical mocktail will transport you to the idea of warmer days ahead!
If you're in the mood for another fruity mocktail, we think you'll love our Blueberry Mocktail, or if you're looking for another citrus recipe, be sure to try out our Arugula and Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette.
Why You'll Love this Cinderella Drink
- It's a delicious fruity drink to add to your list of mocktail recipes. If you're in need of a new mocktail idea, this one is full of vitamin C, has the most refreshing mix of citrus juices, and is the perfect balance of zesty and sweet.
- It's really a stunner! Thanks to the grenadine, this mocktail ends up looking like a sunrise drink and looks impressive despite being ready in only 10 minutes.
- A great summer or winter drink. While it's definitely a delicious and refreshing drink for those hot summer days, it's also ideal during the winter months to let those in-season citrus fruits shine!
Ingredients for this Mocktail
This mocktail has simple ingredients and is a fun way to use citrus that you may already have in the fridge.
- Sugar - I use a little white sugar to combine with the orange zest to make a sugary orange zest rim for the glasses.
- Orange zest - I like to use a microplane to zest the orange so that the pieces are very thin and combine well with the sugar. It's helpful to massage the sugar and zest together with your hands so that the orange zest releases some of it's oil.
- Orange juice - Make sure to use fresh orange juice straight from an orange. You could also substitute grapefruit juice if you prefer that.
- Pineapple juice - Pineapple juice adds a tangy flavor and pairs well with the other different juices.
- Lemon juice - Make sure to also use fresh lemon juice straight from a lemon. I also recommend using less lemon juice than the orange and pineapple so that it's not overpowering.
- Grenadine - Adds a pretty color and a mild sweetness! The grenadine is not added to the cocktail shaker with the juices, but rather poured into the side of each glass after, which leads to the prettiest layered mocktail!
- Angostura bitters - The bitters add a subtle bite to this drink which pairs well with the fruitiness! Although the alcohol content is minimal given that only a few dashes are used, if you want to omit these they are completely optional and can be left out!
- Club soda or seltzer water - I find that using club soda or plain seltzer adds some fizz without adding any extra sugars or overpowering flavors. If you prefer, you could also use ginger ale, ginger beer, or another lemon-lime soda.
- Orange and lemon slices - Optional garnish and you can use fresh or dried slices, or a mix like I did in the photos.
See recipe card below for quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
This is a super easy drink recipe that comes together in just 10 minutes.
Step 1: Prepare the cocktail glasses. Add sugar and orange zest to a small plate. Massage the sugar and orange zest together and set aside. Use part of an orange slice to line the sides of 2 tall glasses, then press them into the orange zest sugar until coated. Add ice to glasses.
Step 2: Add the juices to a cocktail shaker. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice to the shaker, shake well, and strain into ice-filled glasses.
Step 3: Finish and garnish the mocktails. Pour grenadine slowly down the side of the glass, then top with bitters if using. Top with club soda or seltzer water and garnish with orange and lemon slices.
Tips for Making this Drink
- I recommend using a tall glass (instead of smaller cocktail glasses) as it will really show the layered colors of the drink once you pour in the grenadine. You could also make this drink in a mason jar. To achieve the layered effect, try to pour the grenadine as close to one of the sides of each glass as possible (instead of pouring it on top).
- Make sure to use fresh orange and lemon juice in this recipe. Using canned pineapple juice (or the juice from a can of pineapple) works fine.
- I recommend not skipping the club soda or plain seltzer as the fizz pairs well with the juices, giving this easy recipe a little something extra!
This would be a great large-batch drink, and the perfect Cinderella punch for a party! If you plan on turning this into a larger batch recipe, I would recommend filling a large punch bowl or beverage dispenser with ice and mixing in all the fruit juices (multiplying the amounts based on how many people you plan on serving). I would then place the grenadine, Angostura bitters (if using), and the club soda or seltzer nearby so that people can finish their drinks to create the layered effect.
Ginger ale is often used in a Cinderella mocktail so you could definitely include that, or if you're looking to make a mocktail recipe with Sprite then I think that would also pair well with the fruit juices.
This fruity cocktail looks extra pretty garnished with a combination of orange slices and lemon slices. You can use either fresh or dried fruit slices, or a combination of both like I did in the drinks in these photos. Pineapple slices would also be great if you have fresh pineapple on hand!
Storing and Freezing
This mocktail is best served right away, as storing leftovers in the refrigerator will cause the ice to melt and the drink to become watery.
I don't recommend freezing this mocktail.
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- ⅛ cup sugar for rimming glass
- zest of ½ an orange for rimming glass, plus a slice for wetting rims
- 2 ounces orange juice fresh
- 2 ½ ounces pineapple juice fresh
- 1 ounce lemon juice fresh
- ½ ounce grenadine
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters optional
- club soda or seltzer water
- orange and lemon slices for garnish, optionally dried
Add sugar and orange zest to a small plate. Massage the sugar and orange zest together and set aside. Use part of an orange slice to line the sides of 2 tall glasses, then press them into the orange zest sugar until coated. Add ice to glasses.⅛ cup sugar, zest of ½ an orange
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice to the shaker, shake well, and strain into ice-filled glasses.2 ounces orange juice, 2 ½ ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce lemon juice
Pour grenadine slowly down the side of the glass, then top with bitters if using. Top with club soda or seltzer water and garnish with orange and lemon slices.½ ounce grenadine, 3 dashes Angostura bitters, club soda or seltzer water, orange and lemon slices