Now that you know about Sunshine Beverages, it’s time to drink the Sunshine!

This is the fun part, right?!

As you may have read in my previous post, I am working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to highlight an awesome NC business that will be at the Homegrown Fare, which is an activity at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 19-21.

I received product and swag from Sunshine Beverages during our interview at their offices in downtown Winston-Salem, and I’ve integrated their product into my crazy life to offer a real, honest opinion.

And, of course, recommendations on great recipes…

Before we jump into the recipes, there are a few people that should be thanked.

First of all, to Keith Vest (owner of Sunshine Beverages) who recommended that I use NC distillers in my adventures of recipe creation…

You are brilliant. And I did.

(Looking at you, Fainting Goat Spirits and Raleigh Rum Company.)

Second of all, to my dear, dear (kind and patient, fun-loving, adventurous-spirited) friends who let me create at my whim and then try my concoctions. Thank you for being brave and being a witness to my growth and development.

Third, to all of you reading this post who may venture forth into recreating these recipes or creating your own. Sunshine is the better-for-you energy drink that’s gonna give you a boost and brighten your day. It’s a beautiful beverage that comes in three flavors and made by a company based in NC compromised of people who care about making a positive impact.

Technically, you don’t need to add alcohol to make it any better. But it’s fun. And, if you’re 21 and over, I recommend as much fun as you can stuff into your life to help balance out all the adulting that comes along with age.

Where do you buy Sunshine?

Good question.

Sunshine Beverages is available at some NC local-centric restaurants.You need to buy the Sunshine, so that you can drink the Sunshine, and therefore be the Sunshine…right?

A little much? Ah, well….it was clever in my head.

NC-local grocery chains carry Sunshine Beverages. Think Food Lion, Lowes and Harris Teeter. You’ll find them bundled up in 4 packs.

Just want to try one? A lot of local boutique spots and local-centric restaurants are carrying Sunshine. I met a friend for lunch in downtown Winston-Salem and found it at the Local 27101.

For anyone that’s interested in ordering Sunshine for delivery to their front doorstep, whether you be near or far, you can order Sunshine via

Use this handy Store Locator option on their website.




Sunshine is Best Shared

That is totally my opinion.

If y’all follow my social media posts, you already know that I took Sunshine with me on my trip to Colorado. One for each day. Usually had in the quiet of my flat as I prepped for the upcoming day’s adventures.

But creating these recipes gave me a whole different experience…

Laughter. Stories. Ideas. Sips. Comments.

Sharing Sunshine with my friends made the experience even better. All four recipes posted below were made in the company of big hearts and great minds. And with that said, you’ll notice that the ingredients, when mixed together, make for 2 or 3 servings, depending on how big you like your drinks to be.

I like big drinks and I cannot lie…

Clementine Sunset

8.4oz Clementine Twist Sunshine Beverage (1 can)

4oz Tequila

2oz Mango Juice

Juice from half a lime


It was Cinco de Mayo. Of course I had to come up with a Margarita-esque cocktail to mark the occasion.

It made sense to me anyway…

In this cocktail, the salt balanced out the sweetness of the clementine flavor; and the mango offered a mellow undertone. It definitely wasn’t in your face. It was easy to drink, which is why a second batch was made later in the evening. And to be honest, I know for sure that I will definitely make this again. #yummygoodness

There is already a Clementine Sunrise on the official Sunshine Beverages cocktail list that nods to the typical Margarita recipe, so it made sense, as we sipped this creation to the setting of the sun to name it the opposite.

Made in the Shade

8.4oz Blueberry Lemonade Sunshine Beverage (1 can)

4oz Lemon Vodka

4oz Lemon Seltzer

2oz Pineapple Juice

Lemon wedge for garnish

Blueberries for fun

This was a serious drink. I wasn’t sure that I liked it until I realized what it reminded me of…

When I was 14, I visited my step-dad’s dad in Germany for 3 weeks. Neither one of us really knowing each other’s language, we depended on the German-English dictionary that stayed on the kitchen table. It was a trip of many firsts, including my first Lemon Tonic. Boy, I struggled with that bitterness, but I wasn’t going to be impolite. And by the end of the trip, I had developed a taste for different, deeper flavors.

This cocktail ended up tasting like a soft tonic. Not harsh, just serious. Even though there’s a fair amount of sweetness involved in the recipe, there’s a bitterness too.

Carl gets a SHOUT-OUT for picking the name Made in the Shade. I had planned on something a litter brighter, but after tasting the cocktail, his suggestion was perfect.

The Buckshot

8.4oz Ginger Berry Sunshine Beverage (1 can)

4oz Cranberry Juice

2oz Vodka

The Buckshot is featured on the Sunshine Beverages cocktail list and I posted it in my previous blog. It’s shown served in a shot glass. I was having a really hard time trying to figure out what the measurements of each ingredient would be at that level, so I just worked it into what would work for me and my friends. No sweat.

SHOUT-OUT to Tiny Cat Vodka, an option available from Fainting Goat Spirits based in Greensboro, NC.

I really liked The Buckshot on this level. I found it very drinkable. Other words that were thrown out in conversation were balanced, fresh and just enough. We also made a second batch of this recipe…

Southern Flare

8.4oz Blueberry Lemonade Sunshine Beverage (1 can)

2oz Rum

2oz Pineapple Juice

2oz Mango Juice

2oz Mandarin Juice

Mandarin wedges for garnish

It was the next day, and I had it in my mind to make something sweet. With several fruit juices on hand, I went to town mixing up a rainbow of flavors. It was good. Even my friend who said that he can appreciate a good, sweet drink from time to time said so. And, I’ve left the recipe here just as I made it.

All of that being said…I will probably up the rum next time…maybe to 3 or 4 ounces. It needed just a little more…and while we’re talking about rum, I’ll give a SHOUT-OUT to Raleigh Rum Company.

I reached out to the crowd for naming this one. I had a few different ideas, but couldn’t seem to find the right fit. SHOUT-OUT to Calvetta for taking my idea and blending it with her brilliance.

Check out the conversation on Facebook.

And, that’s that. A weekend of Sunshine with friends – and lots of fun!

So, what do you think? Would you try any of these?

Do you have any other cocktail ideas that immediately come to mind with any of Sunshine’s flavors (Ginger Berry, Blueberry Lemonade and Clementine Twist)? Don’t be shy! Let me know. Leave your comments below!

Don’t forget, the Got To Be NC Festival is coming up this month. Mark your calendars for May 19-21.

Friday: Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Homegrown Fare is an activity within the festival. It’s presented by Lowes Foods, so if you have your Fresh Rewards Card, you can get 2 FREE tickets for admission. Otherwise, it’s $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

That’s where SO MANY great Got To Be NC vendors will be – and you can learn about awesome businesses like Sunshine Beverages.

We’ll be there at some point, so expect a Facebook Live and lots of social media posts! If you aren’t already following my platforms, consider it!

If you haven’t already, check out my previous post for an idea of what you can expect at the Homegrown Fare or just review the list below.

Don’t miss out on any of the Homegrown Fare vendors.

Take a look at all the NC #yummygoodness you can expect!


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