|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 45g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||22%|
|Total Sugars 23g|
|Vitamin C 76mg||382%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The tequila sunrise margarita brings the beauty of a tequila sunrise into the world of frozen margaritas. It combines the best of both drinks and is utterly refreshing with its tropical fruit flavor. Enjoy this one on a hot summer day, whether that means cooling off by the pool or watching the sunset from your patio.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make at home. You'll simply pour grenadine into a salt-rimmed glass, then blend up an orange margarita to top that off. As the slushy drink melts, the sweet pomegranate syrup will integrate into it, creating a beautiful visual effect as the crimson and gold fuse to go along with the delicious taste.
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“The sweetness of classic tequila sunrise meets the salty intoxicating slush of a classic margarita. Frozen and refreshing and it looks beautiful in a glass.” — Joan Velush
Coarse salt, for rimming
1/2 ounce grenadine
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce triple sec
1 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce sour mix
1 cup ice
Lime wedge, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for optional garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Rim a tall glass with salt by running a lime wedge around rim and then dipping it into a shallow dish of salt.
Pour grenadine into glass. Some can run down the side inside the glass as that will enhance the blend of colors.
In a blender, add tequila, triple sec, orange juice, sour mix, and ice.
Pour contents of blender into prepared glass and stir slightly so colors begin to mix.
Garnish with a lime wedge and/or cherry.
- To maximize the sunrise effect, a tall glass (e.g., a highball glass) is better than a margarita glass, though that certainly will work.
- Serving this drink with a straw allows you to slurp up bits of sweetness from the bottom along with the citrus blend. It also lets you stir it up as you drink.
- Silver (blanco) tequila is recommended as the other ingredients will provide plenty of flavors and it's an affordable choice for blended drinks.
- If you don't have triple sec handy, you can substitute another orange liqueur, including Grand Marnier or orange curaçao.
- You will find some recipes for a blended tequila sunrise margarita that suggest including the grenadine in the blender. That makes for a great-tasting drink, but you lose the visual sunrise effect.
- Mezcal can be poured instead of tequila if you want a bit of smoke with your sunrise.
- Turn this into a frozen virgin sunrise for nondrinkers. Simply increase the orange juice to 3 ounces and skip the tequila and triple sec.
- You can very easily transform this cocktail into a frozen ice pop. The recipe includes tequila, orange juice, and grenadine with Greek yogurt; the red and orange layers are separated to keep the drink's signature look.
How Strong Is a Tequila Sunrise Margarita?
Frozen cocktails are almost always low-proof drinks because the ice adds a significant amount of volume to offset the alcohol. The tequila sunrise margarita is a perfect example, with an alcohol content of just 9 percent ABV (18 proof). That makes it slightly stronger than beer and a little lighter than wine but filled with a lot more flavor than either.