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Tequila Sunrise

“I feel bad for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” – Frank Sinatra.

Well, that said and done doesn't mean you need to become an alcoholic. For me making and drinking cocktails is an association with fun,laughter,chatter,sexy dress,at my favourite pub or lounge bar with my friends or my partner. Yes, I've had my wild days of been high like a butterfly and head banging to EDM with laser lights and shouting my lungs out "one more, once more ". Most of us have pretty much gone through this phase until you get old enough to realise that been hungover and working on Excel sheets may not be the best combo .

Flashback to 2020, when going out and drinking was no longer a normal weekend thing. Like recipes, I started exploring the world of cocktails,mixing ,shaking and garnishes. I'm still an amateur but I can make a concoction that'll make you glide on the dancefloor hun !!

This recipe is my memoir of a favourite old time, no longer into existence kinda bar , called The Beach in Bengaluru and of course to my eternal love for sunsets on the beach.

Here's what you need :

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila

  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed (you can use Tropicana)

  • 1/4 ounce grenadine ( I used Monin) Garnish: fresh orange slices

  1. Add the tequila and then the orange juice to a chilled highball glass filled with ice.

  2. Top with the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect.

  3. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

The Tequila Sunrise is very easy to make, but it must be constructed precisely in order to achieve the desired sunrise look. Tequila and then orange juice (fresh is best) are added to a highball glass filled with ice. Grenadine is applied last, but due to its density, it sinks to the bottom, creating a red layer at the base of the glass. If you want to spruce up the drink, skip the bottled bright-red grenadine available on store shelves and try making your own. It’s an easy exercise that’s worth the effort, as it imbues the cocktail with a richer flavor.

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