Day to Night Cocktails: A Tequila Sunrise and Sunset

05/20/2014 at 05:02 PM ET

Tequila Sunrise and Tequila Sunset recipes
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.

Tequila Sunrise recipe
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.


Tequila Sunset recipe
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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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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