May 20, 2014 05:02 PM

Left: Courtesy MyGourmetConnection; Right: Courtesy Make Me a Cocktail

Sunrise, sunset. Both occasions should have a cocktail to celebrate them, right?

We’re (sort of) joking about the drinking at sunrise part, but we do love the idea of the classic tequila sunrise having a tequila sunset counterpart.

In the standard drink, a mixture of tequila, orange juice and grenadine, the latter ingredient — a non-alcoholic, cherry-flavored syrup — is so dense that it (when poured carefully!) will separate itself from the OJ, sinking neatly to the bottom.

But there’s a trick to get a rich red hue at the top of your glass: use soda water dyed with food coloring. Since water is less dense than juice, it will float on top of the glass. Plus, the cocktail will be less syrupy than the traditional version, if super-sweet drinks aren’t your thing.

Below, find a recipe for the classic tequila sunrise, courtesy of food blog MyGourmetConnection. Then, take a stab at flipping the colors into a sunset. Both drinks are simple and refreshing — perfect for summer sipping.

Courtesy MyGourmetConnection

Tequila Sunrise

Makes 1

1½ oz. tequila

3 oz. orange juice

Grenadine, to taste

Orange slice, for garnish

Fill a sugar-rimmed rocks glass with ice. Add the tequila, then orange juice. Drizzle with grenadine, pouring slowly against the back of a spoon near the rim of the glass, allowing the liquid to sink to the bottom of the drink. Garnish with an orange slice.


Courtesy Make Me a Cocktail

Tequila Sunset

Makes 1

1½ oz. tequila

3-4 oz. orange juice

Soda water, to taste

1. Using red food coloring, tint your soda water until it’s the desired shade of red. Set aside.

2. Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour in the tequila. Top up with orange juice and stir. Slowly drizzle with tinted soda water, pouring slowly against the back of a spoon near the rim of the glass, allowing the liquid to float.

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