Frozen Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Frozen Tequila Sunrise Margarita
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (serving)

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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Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce sour mix
  • Garnish: lime wheel
  • Garnish: salt (for rim)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim a tall glass with salt by running a lime wedge around the rim and then dipping it into a shallow dish of salt.

  3. Pour the grenadine into the glass. Some can run down the side inside the glass as that will enhance the blend of colors.

  4. In a blender, add the ice, tequila, triple sec, orange juice, and sour mix.

  5. Pour the contents of the blender into the prepared glass and stir slightly so the colors begin to mix.

  6. Garnish a lime wheel or a mixture of seasonal fruits.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.