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RECIPES: Juicy Cocktails Or Mocktails

Over the weekend, we made batches of these cocktail recipes from bartender Wells Adams of Bachelor in Paradise.

Wells partnered with Tropicana to craft two juicy cocktails: Tropicana’s Tequila Sunset and Wells’ Watermelon Spritz.

Both of our pitchers were emptied within an hour!

You can turn either cocktail into a mocktail by substituting ginger ale for the alcohol.
 
 
RECIPE #1: TROPICANA TEQUILA SUNSET

This cocktail is a riff on the Tequila Sunrise, a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice and grenadine and served unmixed in a tall glass. Unmixed, the gradations of orange and red resemble a sunrise.

The original was created in the 1930s at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in the 1930s. It contained tequila, creme de cassis, lime juice and soda water. The recipe was revised and popularized in Sausalito in the early 1970s [source].

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 4½ ounces Tropicana Pineapple Mango With Lime
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounces grenadine
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: fresh orange wedge or wheel
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the juice and tequila in a Collins glass over ice. Stir well to combine.

    2. TOP with grenadine and garnish with a fresh orange wedge.
     
     
    RECIPE #2: WELLS’ WATERMELON SPRITZ WITH CUCUMBERS

    Cucumbers and watermelons are first cousins. Both are from the binomial order Cucurbitales and family Cucurbitaceae, differing only at the genus level: Cucumis for cucumber (the common cucumber genus/species is C. sativus) and Citrullus for watermelon (C. lanatus).

    That’s why you can eat the white portion of watermelon rind—it tastes just like cucumber—or turn it into pickled watermelon rind, a.k.a. watermelon pickles.

    Kirby cucumbers, specified in this recipe, were once a particular species. Now, kirby has become a generic term for any small cucumber.

     

    Tropicana Tequila Sunrise
    [1] A riff on the classic Tequila Sunrise, this recipe uses Pineapple Mango juice instead of orange juice (both photos © Tropicana).
    Tropicana Watermelon Spritz
    [2] Watermelon Spritz. “Spritz” means that carbonated water (club soda, seltzer, etc.) has been added.

     
    The smaller size of kirbies makes them crisper: They have fewer seeds and less water than the larger “garden” or “slicing” cucumbers from the supermarket.

    Kirby skins are not skins, which mean that the skin can be eaten. It also enables the cucumbers to be pickled, skin on.

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 2 ounces Tropicana Watermelon Drink
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 fresh kirby cucumber wheels
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish: fresh cucumber wheel
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    Preparation

    1. ADD the cucumber wheels to a Collins glass. Add the vodka and the ice.

    2. ADD the club soda and top with the watermelon drink. Garnish with the cucumber wheel.

      




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