Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cocktail of the Day: Tequila Sunburn

Okay, this'll be quick: Yesterday my friends at Pharyngula were talking booze, and the subject of the Tequila Sunrise came up. I'm not a huge fan of orange juice — too thick and too sweet for my tastes — but then I got to thinking about the habanero-infused tequila I used in the Spicy Ginger Basil Margarita I wrote about last week.

Now, man does not live by Margaritas alone, and I've been trying to think of other cocktails that would benefit from the fiery tequila. Suddenly it dawned on me that the habanero, which adds not only heat but a smoky richness to the tequila, might well cut the sweetness of the orange juice in a Tequila Sunrise quite nicely. And so, it turns out, it does! Thus was born the...

Tequila Sunburn
  • 4-5 oz orange juice

  • 2 oz habanero-infused tequila (or mix with straight tequila to moderate heat, to a total of 2 oz)

  • 3/4 oz grenadine syrup

Stir together orange juice and tequila with ice cubes in rocks glass. Pour grenadine into drink without stirring and allow to settle. Enjoy!


  1. Excellent. I missed last week's post, and hadn't seen the habanero-infused tequila.

    Of course, my kitchen is already filled with jars of lemon peel-infused Everclear. Looks like I'm going to need more jars. ^_^

  2. Katrina, if you make the hab-infused tequila, be sure to taste it frequently and take the habs out when it gets hot enough. I "overcooked" my first batch, and have to dilute it with straight tequila to make it drinkable!