Visiting the Grand Prismatic Spring + a Layered Rainbow Mocktail
This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Every mom deserves a break and last week I took mine. Last week I left my kids and husband at home and headed for one of the most beautiful places in the world – Yellowstone, Wyoming. It was just my best friend and I (another busy mom in need of a break) exploring the wild and colorful National Park. I was most excited to see the Grand Prismatic Spring with my own eyes. Was it really that colorful in person? The answer is yes!! So beautiful in fact, that I was inspired to make a layered mocktail in its honor and have friends over to enjoy.
There was a time in my life when I created a lot of elaborate cocktails for guests. Nowadays, it seems like the kids outnumber the adults at most of the gatherings in our home. This has sparked a love of creating fun mocktails for the kids (who always love/are surprised to be included). tbh, often times I serve the adults the same mocktail and just slide an airplane bottle of vodka over for them to add. haha, so not joking!
Everyone seems to be wowed by layered drinks, though they are really simple to make. The only thing you need to know is layered drinks are all about sugar content. The liquid with the highest sugar content (like a syrup) will sink to the bottom so start with that. Next add a juice, then something sugar free. Make sure to pour SLOWLY and having a glass full of ice helps.
No matter what layered drink I’m creating, I also end with a top-off of Sparkling Ice. A little fizz makes any sweet cocktail/mocktail really POP. Since Sparkling Ice contains no sugar, it naturally floats on top. For today’s Grand Prismatic Layered Mocktail, I used Sparkling Ice Mystery flavor and then asked my guests to make a guess as to what it is (hint, it’s tropical)!
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States (third in the world). While it is large, it is most recognized for its striking rainbow color. The very middle of the spring is dark blue and as you move outward it turns to teal, then green, yellow and finally orangey red. The orangey red color flares out around the edges much like rays of the sun. It’s really breathtaking. Even the surrounding basin is colorful.
If you’re wondering, it isn’t minerals that create the rainbow colors, its actually tiny organisms, bacteria that love sizzling and acidic conditions. The colorful rings indicate a different type of bacteria that thrives in that part of the spring based on pH level and temperature. The spring gets cooler and more acidic the further you go out, from a neutral pH to the pH of battery acid, respectively. I’m such a nerd – I love this stuff.
So when you visit for yourself, you can see the spring from two vantage points. First, head out the boardwalk to the Midway Geyser Basin. You won’t be able to see the spring too well, but the basin is worth an up-close view. You will also see Excelsior Geyser Crater, which used to be the tallest geyser in the park but is now dormant – still very cool!
Next, take the hike up to the lookout. Here you can see the entire basin and the Grand Prismatic Spring in all of its colorful glory. Omgosh ya’ll, I can’t even express how breathtaking this view is.
You can search my blog and see that we are fans of Sparkling Ice. We keep things pretty natural around here and I avoid added sugars, especially in our beverages. Sparkling Ice is a nice treat for everyone when we want something refreshing and flavorful. It contains 0 sugar, natural flavors and colors, 0 carbs and even some vitamins and antioxidants.
Do you think you can guess what the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor is? I’ve already given the hint that the limited time mystery flavor is a tropical flavor, so you’re halfway to the answer already! The sweepstakes is running between May 1 and July 31. Sparkling Ice will be giving out over 500 prizes, including the grand prize of a Holland America cruise pack.
You can enter the sweepstakes every day (if you want) by heading HERE and taking a guess at what the flavor is. You can also guess via Instagram or Twitter by using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps.
The Grand Prismatic – a rainbow layered mocktail
I don’t ever measure these layered drinks; I just go by eye. You don’t want the drink to be overly sweet, so add a small layer of syrup first.
**My ratio is 1 part syrup, 3 parts juice, 2 parts coconut water.
- peach nectar (can be found in soda cans near juice)
- pineapple juice
- coconut water
- orange natural food dye
- blue natural food dye
- Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor
- If your peach nectar is not orange enough, add a small amount of dye. In a liquid measuring cup add blue food dye to the coconut water, mix and set aside.
- Pour peach nectar (or a syrup) into the bottom of an empty glass. Fill the glass with ice. SLOWLY pour pineapple juice over ice. Allow the layers to settle.
- Slowly pour blue coconut water over top leaving about a half inch of space at the top.
- Top with Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor. Enjoy!