Tequila-Free Sunrise Mocktail
Are you looking for a brunch drink that’s not only fun but also non-alcoholic? Look no further! This sunrise mocktail brings the best of both worlds, combining the classic tequila sunrise and mimosa but without the alcohol. And the best part? It’s gorgeous, easy to make, and uses only four ingredients!
Reasons to love this sunrise mocktail
Special brunches deserve some special sips to go with them. Sure, mimosas and bloody Marys are the usual suspects, but mocktails can be just as fun.
You’ll be head over heels for this sparkling mocktail – it’s not only a beauty to look at, but it packs a punch of bright, yummy flavor with orange juice, sparkling water, and grenadine.
It tastes like a non-alcoholic cross between a mimosa and a tequila sunrise. It’s bubbly, sweet, tart, and fresh, making it the perfect drink to sip with your brunch.
You don’t need any fancy tools, techniques, or ingredients to make this recipe. Just pour and enjoy!
Ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need four ingredients to make this drink (if you include the garnish).
- Orange juice – Since I’m a pulp fan, I used orange juice with medium pulp in this recipe. Many people prefer orange juice with no pulp for cocktails and mocktails. I say, choose whatever OJ your little heart desires.
- Sparkling water – You can use just about any flavor here, like plain, lemon, lime, tangerine/orange, mango, passionfruit, or grapefruit.
- Grenadine – This vibrant, syrupy goodness adds color and some sweetness to this recipe. A little bit goes a long way!
- Orange slice – Although this is an optional garnish, doesn’t it look cute? I used a cara cara orange, which is slightly pink in color to complement the colors in this drink.
Tips for success
This is one of the easiest drinks to make! Just pour your ingredients into a pretty glass (in the right order) and you’ll have a beautiful mocktail.
- Use fun glassware to dress up your drink – A champagne flute is my personal favorite. The elongated shape shows off the gradient in this drink.
- Use your favorite type of OJ – Pulp or no pulp – it’s up to you!
- Pour in order – Make sure to add the grenadine last. This way, it will sink to the bottom, creating a gradient instead of getting mixed into your drink.
It’s all about density. Liquids with a higher amount of solute (i.e. stuff like sugar) are denser and will sink to the bottom of your glass, whereas liquids with less solute (like sparkling water) will float at the top.
For this drink, start by pouring in your orange juice and sparkling water, followed by the grenadine. The grenadine will sink to the bottom and create a sunrise-like gradient. If you pour in the grenadine first, the orange juice and sparkling water will combine with it and make your drink red-orange throughout.
Orange juice without pulp is typically used in cocktails and mocktails, but you can also use orange juice with pulp if you’d like. (I do!)
Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup that adds color, sweetness, and a bit of pomegranate flavor to drinks. Traditionally, grenadine is made from pomegranate juice. Most commercially available grenadines contain pomegranate flavor, not actual juice.
- Different flavors – You can try different types of citrus juice like grapefruit or lemonade, switch up the flavor of your sparkling water, or swap out the grenadine for another flavored syrup.
- Other garnish options – Instead of an orange slice, try a strawberry or a cocktail cherry.
- Grenadine-free – Not a storebought grenadine fan? You can also make grenadine at home from real pomegranate juice. Alternatively, you can also use a fruit-flavored syrup that’s red in color.
- Sweeter version – Add more grenadine and just a splash of sparkling water.
- Less sweet version – Use 2 oz of orange juice and 3 oz of sparkling water, then cut back on the grenadine and use half of the amount listed.
- Add a non-alcoholic spirit – Swap out the sparkling water for 2 oz of an alcohol-free spirit like tequila or sparkling grape juice.
- Make it a cocktail – Swap out the sparkling water for 2 oz of tequila, vodka, or sparkling wine.
Tequila-Free Sunrise Mocktail
- 1 cocktail jigger
- 1 champagne flute
- 3 oz orange juice or more to taste
- 2 oz sparkling water
- ¼ oz grenadine
- orange slice optional garnish
- Pour orange juice into a champagne flute. Then, add sparkling water to fill the glass. Finally, add the grenadine to create a beautiful gradient! Garnish with an orange slice.
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.
Looking for more mocktail recipes?
- Sparkling Cranberry Lime Mocktail
- Lychee Martini Mocktail
- Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
- Mojito Mocktail
- Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy
- Ginger Beer Mocktail