45 Minutes or Less, Beverages

Sweet Sunrise with a Twist

Wanting to impress your guests with a stunning drink to serve at brunch?  Try this sweet sunrise with a twist!  It’s easy to mix up, and everyone will love the visual sunrise effect.

doing a toast with two sweet sunrise drinks

What makes the sunrise effect?

The key ingredient is the grenadine, a thick, sweet syrup made from pomegranate juice.  Once your drink is almost ready, slowly pour the grenadine into the glass.  It will sink to the bottom, giving the drink a graduated sunrise look.  The sweetness of the grenadine will offset the tartness of the citrus.  Basically, it’s a density science experiment that is a lot of fun to drink.  Just make sure your kids are there to witness the effect!

How do you make a Sweet Sunrise?

Traditionally a sweet sunrise has crushed ice, orange juice, lemon/lime soda, and grenadine.  But this recipe is a sweet sunrise with a twist, so read on to find out how it is made.

Gather all your ingredients: sparkling mineral water, simple syrup, orange juice, and grenadine.  Get the garnishes and fresh citrus ready.

ingredients for sweet sunrise drinks

If you’d like the hurricane glass chilled, just freeze it before you start.  Crushed ice can also be added to the bottom of the glass if you want a really cold drink.  I prefer to have this drink without any ice, so I left that out.

Since this drink is built in the glass, I started by pouring in the orange juice.  Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the freshest taste, then pour in the sparkling mineral water.

pouring sparkling water into a sweet sunrise drink

Add in the freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice.

pouring citrus juice into a sweet sunrise drink

With a long handled spoon or straw, gently stir the orange juice mixture.

stirring a sweet sunrise drink

If you have too much liquid in your glass, pour or spoon some out.  If this drink is for yourself, just take a sip. 😊 Slowly pour in the secret ingredient that makes the sunrise effect: the grenadine.  It will sink to the bottom and gradually work its way up the tall glass.

pouring grenadine into a sweet sunrise drink

Garnish with a orange slice and a maraschino cherry.  Add a pretty paper straw or a plastic bendy one, which are perfect for kids.

garnishing a sweet sunrise drink

Ta da!  The master piece is revealed!  Before you consume it, take a moment to enjoy its beauty.

Pro Tips

  • Freeze the glassware if you want a hint of a frosty beverage without ice.
  • If you want ice, use a small amount of crushed ice and place in the glass first.
  • Prepare this drink in the glass using the building technique and a long handled spoon.
  • For the freshest taste, use freshly squeezed orange, lemon, and lime juice.
  • If you can’t eat maraschino cherries, substitute with a small strawberry.
  • If you have red food dye allergies, substitute the grenadine with homemade strawberry simple syrup.
  • Finish the drink off by slowly pouring the grenadine around the inside edge of the glass.
  • Need it for a crowd?  Make up a pitcher in advance.  Just let the guests add their own grenadine.
  • Garnish with orange slices and a maraschino cherry.

two sweet sunrise drinks with half an orange

This drink is not only gorgeous to look at, but is also super tasty.  Try it out for yourself by mixing up a glass or two.

Relax with a glass of these other grenadine-flavored drinks.

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We would love you to leave a review or comment if you made this beverage.

two sweet sunrise drinks with half an orange

Sweet Sunrise with a twist

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 glass
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Hand Juicing
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet sunrise with a twist is an easy non alcoholic beverage that’s perfect for summer brunch or for your friends that love fruity mocktails.  It can be made to order or in a party-sized pitcher for a crowd.  You will be impressed with how simple it is to make!


For the Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the Beverage

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling lime mineral water
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (from one medium lime)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from one medium lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine

For the Garnish

  • 1/2 orange slice (from one navel orange)
  • 1 maraschino cherry without a stem
  • 1 green straw, paper or bendable


Making the Simple Syrup

  1. Pour the water into a small saucepan.  Turn the heat to medium high and dump in the sugar.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Take off the heat and transfer the simple syrup to a small jam jar and place in the fridge to cool.  You can also put in the freezer if you’re in a hurry.

Prepping the Juice & Garnish

  1. Halve the lemon and lime, then juice them with a citrus reamer or hand juicer.
  2. Slice the navel orange into thin slices, then cut each wheel in half to make a semicircle.  Make a small cut in the center of the slice so it can sit on the rim.
  3. If necessary, de-stem the maraschino cherries.  Make a small cut in the cherry so it will sit nicely on the rim.

Making the Sweet Sunrise

  1. Pour the orange juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, and lime juice into a 16-ounce hurricane glass.  Top it off with the sparkling mineral water, then stir gently.
  2. Carefully pour in the grenadine to give it the sunrise effect.  Don’t stir it afterwards, or the layered look will disappear.
  3. Garnish the rim of the glass with one orange slice and one maraschino cherry.  Add a green straw if desired.  Serve immediately.


  • If you can’t have grenadine, substitute with a strawberry simple syrup to get the color, and adjust for sweetness.
  • For the freshiest taste, use freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice.
  • If you can’t have maraschino cherries, substitute with a small strawberry.

Keywords: sweet sunrise, brunch, non alcoholic

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