The taste of tropical fruit comes to life in the refreshing mocktail known as the Cinderella. This favorite mixed drink has delighted young and old for many years. It's versatile and festive: The Cinderella is fantastic on summer afternoons, can be shared at a picnic or birthday party, and makes a fabulous and fruity brunch drink as well.
The Cinderella is an easy mix of three juices, along with grenadine (which is nonalcoholic) and ginger ale. The fruit juices create a tart base that is mellowed by the sweetness of the grenadine. You can, of course, adjust it to make it as sweet as you like. The bitters are an option if you want to add some depth of flavor, but it also adds a tiny amount of alcohol. You only need a couple of dashes, but avoid this altogether if you need to keep the Cinderella a true mocktail.
In the end, you will have a tall, refreshing glass of what is essentially a homemade soda. The best part? It takes just a minute to mix up.
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the juices, grenadine, and bitters, if using, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
Top with ginger ale.
Garnish with the slices of pineapple and/or orange. Serve and enjoy.
- Bartenders and party hosts may want to consider offering the Cinderella to guests who don't drink alcohol and designated drivers. It's far more interesting than a glass of Coke or a cup of coffee, and the taste is one that almost everyone will enjoy.
The Cinderella is one of the easiest drinks to adapt. Serve it "up" in a cocktail glass for more elegant affairs, transform it into a pitcher drink, or offer it as a party punch to a large crowd.
- Adjust the ratios. When adjusting the serving size, keep the three juices equal and use twice as much soda as you do for one of the juices. Sweeten it to taste by adding more or less grenadine.
- Make it fancy. For a more elegant Cinderella, cut all of the juices and ginger ale in half and serve it in a chilled cocktail glass. It's a classy way to allow all of your guests to feel like they're part of the crowd—even those who aren't drinking alcohol. Everyone deserves a great drink. Or, alternatively, keep the 1- and 2-ounce pours and simply divide the shaker into two or more cocktail glasses.
- Serve it in a pitcher. The Cinderella is a fabulous pitcher drink, and most of it can be mixed ahead of time; you can even keep a pitcher in the refrigerator. The key to transforming this into a pitcher drink is to add the ginger ale just before serving. Mix the juices, grenadine, and bitters with ice in your serving pitcher, leaving room for the ginger ale and more ice. Stir and store it in the fridge until needed. Before serving, add fresh ice and top the pitcher with ginger ale.
- Make it a punch. The Cinderella is a fabulous addition to any party, and it's fun for kids and adults alike. To create the punch, simply follow the suggestions for a pitcher and increase the volume to fit the size of your party.
- Dress it up. The Cinderella is nice with a variety of seasonal fruits floating in the drink and an ice ring adds to the presentation. You might even consider freezing fruit or herbs inside the ice.