This Tequila Sunrise cocktail recipe is full of Caribbean flavor from the orange and mango. It gets its gorgeous color from grenadine but make sure you’re using the good stuff. It matters.
I’ve decided to start February off with a Mango Tequila Sunrise recipe… because I don’t know about you but I am really ready for a Caribbean vacation. So, this month with be cocktails with a Caribbean flare — kind of what you’d find on a cruise or be served when you’re reclined on a chaise on the beach. You know, something like that. It’s not like the cocktail is going to make you think you are in the Caribbean — unless of course you drink gallons of it — but it may help you think happy, sunny thoughts on a cold, slushy afternoon.
This is a simple drink – basically orange juice, tequila, and grenadine. Because it is so simple it’s vital that you use really good tequila. I used an orange mango combination juice because I like it that way but you can easily just use orange juice. Also, if you want to make these a yummy, alcohol free drink you can make it with just the orange juice and grenadine.
Grenadine was originally pomegranate juice, sugar and water but is often made with black currant juice now. In fact, it pains me to say that currently most grenadine is made with HFCS, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, natural and artificial flavors and FD&C Blue #1. Ick. You can find all natural ones like this (affiliate link) grenadine from Sur la Table.
Anyway, this is delicious. Feel free to add more orange juice if you like. I tend to like a less “boozy” drink so I usually add more juice. The trick to the gorgeous color is to shake your tequila and juice with the ice and add it to the cup then slowly add the grenadine down the side. It will sink to the bottom and slowly mix with the orange. That’s what gives this Tequila Sunrise recipe its beautiful color.
It makes an awesome cocktail for a cocktail party but go a little light on the tequila and it is fantastic with your Valentine’s Day, oh so romantic, brunch.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces orange - mango juice or 2 ounces each of mango and orange juice.
- 1 ounce grenadine
- Orange slices , cherries, etc. for garnish.
Shake the ice, tequila, and juice in a cocktail shaker until it is very cold.
Pour it over ice in a glass.
Add an orange slice and a cherry to the inside of the glass if you like.
Slowly pour the grenadine down the inside of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom.
Serve it without stirring or shaking.
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