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California Sunrise Martini – Recipe!

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Happy Friday and it’s cocktail night.  Tequila is my liquor of choice in a cocktail, so I thought a drink with a citrusy vibe would be nice like this California Sunrise Martini.  A tequila sunrise is usually made in a long tall glass with ice, but my version has California flair, and can served up in a martini glass.  I used pomegranate grenadine because the flavors are tangy and sweet, but you can use regular grenadine, if that’s what you have in your liquor cabinet.  The colors are deep orange with a dark smoky bottom.  I also put a surprise cherry in this cocktail just for fun and to give it a hidden surprise.  It’s smooth and silky flavors are perfect on a night like tonight.

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2 tablespoons pomegranate or regular grenadine

2 Luxardo or Amerena cherries

8 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice

4 ounces tequila

1 ounce triple sec

2 orange wheels

(Makes 2 Cocktails)

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To Prepare:

  1. In two martini glasses, add a tablespoon of grenadine and one cherry.
  2. In a martini shaker, add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec.  Fill with cubed ice.  Shake shake shake.
  3. Strain into both glasses equally.  Top with orange wheel on rim.  Enjoy!



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