I’ll be totally straightforward with you guys–my husband does not like this drink. He thinks it’s a “chick drink.” I think it’s probably the cranberry juice because heaven forbid he like something that’s good for him–if he could hook himself up to a Mountain Dew I.V., he probaby would. It also probably explains his kidney stone a few years ago. Okay, enough about my husband’s urinary tract.

Anyway, I love this drink. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s tangy. A tiny bit tropical. I like the cranberry juice because the color and flavor reminds me of grenadine, but it’s cheaper and more flavorful than grenadine. I think the citrus and cranberry make it a fabulous drink for a brunch, although you could make arguments for just about any time of day or season. I do think it’s a perfect drink for a girly evening, although don’t let that deter any of you guys out there who are dying to try it! :) Also, if you drink alcohol, you could replace the ginger ale with champagne to be extra festive!
Sunrise Punch
2 c. pineapple juice
2 c. cranberry juice
1 (11.5 oz.) can apricot or mango nectar
1/2 c. FRESH lime juice (about 4-5 limes)
2 12-oz. cans ginger ale (or 3 c.)

Combine pineapple juice, cranberry juice, “nectar,” and lime juice.

Chill until ready to serve. When ready, you can either mix the ginger ale with the juice-ish mixture or you can mix the drinks 2 parts juice, one part ginger ale. Serve over lots of ice. Garnish with fresh fruit and a little paper umbrealla if you feel the urge!

So I thought it would be fun to garnish the glasses with mango cut into shapes. I cut the mango into 4 pieces as per Sara’s instructions.
I used some teeny, tiny cookie cutters I got at William-Sonoma and cut into the fruit while it was still on the skin. Then I inverted the skin and cut the stars off with a sharp knife. I cut a slit halfway through it and voila! I could slide it right onto the glass! You could do it with any fruit that’s big, smooth, and firm enough to handle being cut–apples, bananas, melons, etc.
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