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This virgin tequila sunrise cocktail is one of the loveliest (and simplest!) alternatives available, whether you need one for a baby shower, brunch, kids’ night, adolescent party, or simply to enjoy with other non-drinking visitors. Even though the components are simple, the appearance is beautiful!
The virgin tequila sunrise cocktail is a delightful concoction of orange juice, grenadine syrup, and your choice of non-alcoholic tequila. It is the ideal beverage to enjoy poolside on a hot summer day. Of course, making a proper non-alcoholic version of this drink has historically been nearly impossible, much like many popular drinks.
Have you ever wished you could catch the stunning colors of a summer sunrise and preserve them forever? Undoubtedly, we have thought along these lines.
We can give you a glass of the sunrise’s actual hues even though we can’t help you preserve them. This delicious drink is as beautiful as the summer morning. You’ll undoubtedly be reminded of every summer dawn you’ve ever seen!
Why You’ll Love This Non-Alcoholic Recipe
There are only a few ingredients and less than 5 minutes required to prepare this simple virgin tequila sunrise cocktail. It has a refreshingly sweet and tangy flavor that makes it the ideal summertime N/A beverage, thanks to the orange juice and grenadine. Here are the top three reasons why you’ll love this recipe:
- Aesthetically pleasing look. The grenadine syrup’s sugar, which is denser than water and settles to the bottom of the glass, results in a stunning reddish-orange “sunrise” that will surprise your family and friends.
- Easy to make. This drink is incredibly simple to create and goes by many, many names, including virgin sunrise, sweet sunrise, and mocktail with orange juice and grenadine.
- Perfect for non-drinkers. Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup make up a traditional tequila sunrise. All you have to do is replace the tequila with a virgin alternative and add a splash of lime juice (which helps to simulate the “sting” of alcohol).
Meanwhile, if you want to try other non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, check out our blogs on N/A Espresso Martini and N/A Irish Coffee.
What’s In A Virgin Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Drink?
- Grenadine – Grenadine is a classic pomegranate-based dark crimson non-alcoholic syrup. Most supermarkets have it in the booze area. A tart cherry concentrate is the finest possible option because it has a sweet and tart flavor and will help you achieve the same ombré dawn appearance.
- Orange juice – Use pulp-free orange juice to give your sunrise mocktail the nicest texture possible. You can also use store-bought orange juice, but freshly squeezed would elevate this cocktail.
- Lime or lemon juice – You can add a little lime juice to the mocktail if you use store-bought orange juice, as it might occasionally lack a hint of fresh citrus taste. A little of the “sting” you’d get from a conventional alcoholic cocktail also helps. This also prevents the juice from making the beverage overly sour.
- Tequila alternative – Although optional, doing so is recommended. You can use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute, which may be hard to find in your neighborhood shop. If you’re not using this, you can increase the amount of orange juice, grenadine, and lime juice as desired. You can try Lyre’s Agave Reserva – Zero Proof Tequila or CleanCo’s Non-Alcoholic Tequila as alternatives.
- Garnishes – While this orange juice-grenadine mocktail is lovely on its own, you can make it seem even prettier by adding some of your favorite garnishes!
- Ice – This cools the beverage and makes it appear a little larger. Since the virgin tequila sunrise cocktail is rather sweet, this visually suggests a larger drink without overdosing on sugar.
How To Make A Virgin Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Ice should be added to a cocktail shaker halfway. The shaker should be filled with lime juice, orange juice, and tequila substitute (if using). Shake thoroughly for 10 to 15 seconds.
Pour the strained cocktail into a tall glass 3/4 full of ice. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, combine the orange juice, lime juice, and tequila substitute in a cocktail glass and whisk well before adding ice.
Over the back of a spoon, pour the grenadine syrup. As a result, the syrup can “float.” A stunning red to orange ombré cocktail will be the result! Add a cherry and an orange slice as a garnish, if desired.
Virgin Tequila Sunrise Cocktail FAQs
Not always. You can make a non-alcoholic tequila sunrise using only basic ingredients like orange juice and grenadine.
A virgin tequila sunrise cocktail is one of the loveliest (and simplest!) alternatives available, whether you need one for a baby shower, brunch, kids’ night, adolescent party, or simply to enjoy with other non-drinking visitors. Even though the components are simple, the appearance is beautiful!
Although optional, doing so is recommended. You can use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute, which may be hard to find in your neighborhood shop.
You can try these tequila alternatives if you choose to include a N/A tequila recipe in your virgin tequila sunrise cocktail.
The modern beverage was first made in Sausalito, California, in the early 1970s, following the creation of an earlier version in Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1930s. The drink is so called because when it is poured, the color gradations resemble a sunrise.
The grenadine syrup’s sugar, which is denser than water and settles to the bottom of the glass, results in a stunning reddish-orange “sunrise” that will surprise your family and friends.