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Does the title not say it all? This tequila sunrise recipe is the best, the absolute best.
(that’s an homage to Pam from the Office)
A tequila sunrise used to be my go to drink at a bar. You know, when you’re out with everyone, they don’t have a cocktail list (or at least it doesn’t appeal to you) and you need something to always stick with so you don’t look so wish-washy. That’s me, I’d just stick with a sunrise because that was “my drink”. But as i’ve grown older, I’ve become slightly more boring so most of the time I stick with wine (all types welcome).
Every once in a while though I still crave a tequila sunrise like the good ol’ days of being 21 or 22 and never having a hangover. I miss them. So i’ve created a slightly more mature, spicy big brother of your regular tequila sunrise. This one just has a little more flair! I just had an Office Space flashback.
Since today is in fact, Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be serving these up alongside my instant pot pineapple carnitas with some guac. Side note- are avocados NOT the best thing ever? The actually make a fantastic margarita…
So this drink is basically: take a traditional tequila sunrise recipe and throw some mango nectar and jalapeño. Mix it all up and you’ve got a sweet and spicy delicious beverage (and it’s pretty sexy to look at too – I don’t know if you all use sexy to describe food and drinks but I do). Which I love because ugly drinks are for peasants, and ain’t nobody for time for that. Just kidding, but am I?
By the way, I’m very particular about grenadine. I don’t like traditional Rose’s syrup so I use this one here.
Mango Jalapeño Tequila Sunrise
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila
- 1 1/2 oz Mango Nectar or Juice
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- 3-4 jalapeno slices
Pour tequila, Mango Nectar, and orange juice into a mason jar with the jalapeno slices. Leave in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour to let the jalapeno soak into the mix.
Once the flavors have melded, pour over ice in a bucket glass and slowly pour in the grenadine (this will automatically float to the bottom).
Garnish with jalapeno slices, mango slices, or a couple of lime wedges!
If you don't have time to wait for the flavors to sit in the fridge and meld together, slightly smash the jalapeno slices to release the juices and mix with the remaining juices.