If you loved SunnyD as a kid, you might like this adult version as a canned hard seltzer.
With the rise of White Claw and other hard seltzers, along with other canned alcoholic drinks, it was only a matter of time before established brands like Mountain Dew and Smirnoff would want in on the action. So, it comes as no surprise that SunnyD would want in on the fun. Long used as a mixer by resourceful young people looking for a cheap buzz, SunnyD is banking on nostalgia. If you’re old enough to remember mixing SunnyD with vodka— looking you, younger Gen X and older millennials—this is the drink for you.
According to Harvest Hill Beverage Company, the maker of SunnyD, there was a ton of nostalgic interest in the new canned cocktail. “SunnyD is a powerful brand, the most boldly unique orange drink on the planet,” said Ilene Bergenfeld, the company’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “Consumers are passionate about this iconic brand, rooted in nostalgia but with a taste that resonates today. Many have told us that they enjoy SunnyD as a mixer and asked for this product. So, we looked at the hard seltzer category, and thought, good, but we can do better.”
What Is SunnyD Vodka Seltzer?
SunnyD Vodka Seltzer is a beverage with “a bold orange flavor” sold in slim 12-ounce cans that are made with real fruit juice and are low in alcohol (4.5% ABV). It’s also low in calories, with only 95 per serving, and has zero grams of sugar.
SunnyD, short for “Sunny Delicious” is the tangy orange drink that was first developed in 1963 when two Florida dads looked around an orange grove, and thought, “good, but we can do better.” The pair created SunnyD and a legend was born. In the 1990s, SunnyD enjoyed a particular wave of popularity and landed a dedicated fan base.
What Does SunnyD Vodka Taste Like?
The flavor is about as straightforward as it gets. It tastes like… Sunny D and vodka. Consider that good, bad or indifferent depending on how you felt about SunnyD and vodka back in your youth, because this is pretty much the same. If you were the sort of person who enjoyed this mix way back when, it’ll bring back some good memories. For the rest of us… well… to borrow SunnyD’s own slogan: “good, but we can do better.”
When Can I Get It?
SunnyD Vodka Seltzer just went on the market last weekend—so you can be one of the first in your neighborhood to give it a try!
This recipe comes from our friends at Absolut Elyx, a copper-distilled luxury vodka from Absolut. In a shaker with ice, combine 1½ ounces Elyx with 1 ounce fresh pomegranate juice and ½ ounce pink grapefruit juice. Pour into a large glass with ice and top with 2 ounces sparkling apple cider and a pinch of ground cinnamon. While you’re at it, serve this cocktail in one of Elyx’s coveted copper pineapple copper cups.
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Cure the most stubborn of hangovers with our Bloody Mary recipe. Fill a shaker three-quarters of the way with ice, add 2 ounces vodka, 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lime juice, ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and a dash each of pepper and hot sauce. Shake, covered, for 15 seconds then strain over a pint glass with ice. Add your favorite toppings to basically make it a meal. While you’re at it, try these hangover cures that are proven to help.
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Inspired by a Brazilian caipirinha, this cocktail comes together by muddling 3 orange slices with a tablespoon superfine sugar and then topping with 2 ounces orange vodka and some ice. You can serve the cocktail as-is for some pulpy goodness or strain into a new glass. Do you know why vodka doesn’t freeze? We found out!
No matter what you call the original cocktail, this vodka version will still satisfy. You can make it by adding ice, 2 ounces vodka, 2 ounces lemon juice and 1 teaspoon simple syrup to a Collins (or highball) glass. Top with soda water, a slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry. Did you know you can make your own simple syrup? It’s really easy, we promise!
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Citrus & White Grape Party Punch
For the perfect party punch, pour 2 cups vodka, 4 cups white grape juice, a 12-ounce can each thawed frozen lemonade concentrate and frozen orange juice concentrate, and two 2-liter bottles of lemon-lime soda into a large punch bowl. Add ice, sliced lemons and green grapes. It’s so good, your party guests will ask you to mix another batch.
Is there anything better than a strawberry cocktail? We think not, which is why we always make this drink when these berries are in season. You can make it by muddling a sliced strawberry and basil leaves in a glass. Then in a shaker, mix 2 ounces vodka, 1 teaspoon simple syrup, 1 teaspoon cranberry juice and a pinch of pepper. Strain the cocktail into the glass, top with club soda and garnish with a basil leaf. (Yes, there is a difference between tonic, club soda and seltzer. Learn about them here.)
Feel like Bond, James Bond, by filling a cocktail shaker with ice, then add 3 ounces vodka and ½ ounce dry vermouth. Strain into a martini glass, drop in a pimiento-stuffed olive (or three) and sleuth like the British spy himself. Make sure you’re choosing the right vodka with our guide to the best vodka brand for every occasion.
This cocktail from Absolut Elyx will make you feel like you’re at the spa. Just add 1½ ounces of vodka to a shaker with ice, 1 ounce pineapple juice, 1 ounce green tea and scant 1½ teaspoons each honey, fresh lime juice and aloe vera juice (which you can pick up online). Shake, strain into a glass with ice and garnish cucumber slices. Aah, we’re relaxed already.
Carrie Bradshaw was on to something when she made this pink cocktail popular. You can turn your home into a New York City-worthy bar by adding ice, 2 ounces vodka, 2 ounces cranberry juice and ½ ounce each Triple Sec and lime juice to a shaker. Shake the drink for about 15 seconds, then strain it into a martini glass with a twist of lemon or lime peel. Catch more iconic recipes straight from the 1990s right here.
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Chocolate Candy Cane Martinis
This holiday season, give yourself and your family the gift of this rich peppermint martini! Start off by combining 3 cups half-and-half with 12 ounces each cake-flavored vodka and chocolate liqueur in a pitcher. Pop it in the fridge.
While it’s chilling, use a hand mixer to beat 6 ounces softened cream cheese with a ½ cup confectioners' sugar until smooth, then gradually beat in 2 cups heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Rim 12 martini glasses with vanilla icing and crushed candy canes, divide the cocktail between them and top each with a dollop of whipped cream mixture. If that’s too sweet for you, imbibe in these other holiday vodka cocktails instead.
In the mood for something simple? Just pour 2 ounces vodka and 4 ounces tonic water over ice, add a lime wedge and this cocktail is ready! If you prefer gin over vodka, make sure you take a look at our tips for the best gin and tonic of your life.
Add a wine-y twist to the classic Salty Dog. To a large pitcher, mix a cup of simple syrup, 2 bottles of your favorite rose wine, 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice, 1 can ginger ale and 1 cup vodka. Pop the pitcher in the fridge to chill while you salt 16 wine glasses. Once the sangria is cool, fill the glasses with ice and sangria and share with friends. Here are 14 other sangria recipes you’ll want to make all year long.
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Jalapeno Pomegranate Cocktail
This spicy cocktail requires a little bit of planning, but we swear it’s worth it. First, infuse some vodka by adding a halved and deseeded jalapeno to a jar with 1½ cups vodka. Cover and store in a cool place for two or three days for the flavor to develop.
When the infusion is ready, strain the vodka and pour it into a large pitcher with ice, 3 cups each pomegranate juice and Italian blood orange soda (like San Pellegrino). Divide between eight glasses and pair it up with a few of these spicy recipes that’ll blow your top off.