If you love frozen margaritas, you can also make a frozen version of the tequila sunrise margarita. It brings the best of both drinks together. It has the layering effect similar to the original, unfrozen tequila sunrise, mimicking the beautiful red to orange to gold hues of the dawn. But it's frozen and has a salted rim, perfect for cooling off by the pool or on the patio after a long day and watching the sunset.
You will find some recipes for the blended version of the frozen tequila sunrise margarita that call for including the grenadine in the blender. That makes for a great-tasting frozen margarita, though you lose the visual sunrise effect. It's best to keep it separate, adding the grenadine to the glass and pouring the blended mix on top. You can stir it up a little bit to bring up some of the sweetness and as the drink melts, the two flavors mix perfectly. You can also very easily transform this cocktail into a frozen ice pop for the hot summer months.
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Chill a margarita or highball glass. A highball glass works better for seeing the layers of colors.
Rim the glass with salt by running a lime wedge around the rim and then dipping it into a shallow dish containing salt.
Pour the grenadine into the glass. Some can run down the side inside the glass as that will enhance the blend of colors.
Pour the other ingredients (tequila, triple sec, orange juice, sour mix, ice) into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour contents into the prepared glass and stir gently just to begin to have the colors mix a bit.
Garnish the cocktail with the lime wheel or a mixture of seasonal fruits.
You can choose different types of tequila to make this cocktail. Silver tequila is often used as the other ingredients will provide plenty of flavor. But if you want to make it top shelf, you can use gold tequila. Mezcal is another choice for those who want a bit of smoke with their sunrise.
If you don't have triple sec handy, you can substitute any orange liqueur, including Grand Marnier or Cointreau. If you have no orange liqueur at all available, swap an equal amount of orange juice concentrate.
If you are serving any non-drinkers, you can make a mocktail version by increasing the amount of orange juice to make up for eliminating the tequila and triple sec. Grenadine is blackcurrant syrup. It is commonly used in non-alcoholic drinks such as Roy Rogers and Shirley Temples.