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“Sara Sunrise” – Tequila Cocktail Recipe

It’s been a very long time since we’ve published a cocktail recipe here at Culicurious. Much too long. In honor of our friend Sara’s Texas-themed birthday party last weekend, I devised the “Sara Sunrise” cocktail – it’s a tequila cocktail recipe. I didn’t come up with the name – someone at the party suggested it, but I thought it was perfect! So “Sara Sunrise” it is.

Sara Sunrise Cocktail

When we went to South Texas in May to visit my Mom and step-Dad, we made a quick trip down to Mexico. They only live about 20 minutes from the border town of Nuevo Progreso. It’s pretty neat – you can park on the US side and walk over the Rio Grande and just like that, you’re in Mexico. While we were in Mexico, we picked up a nice bottle of reposado tequila.

The tequilera that produced our bottle is called Corralejo.  I chose their reposado tequila, which comes in the signature tall thin blue bottle.  It’s produced in Guanajuato and uses 100% agave.  I had tried this reposado before and wanted it again.  It’s just slightly smokey but still mild enough to be a tequila for  a fruit-based drink.

All the ingredients for a Sara Sunrise cocktail

So starting with this reposado tequila as my base and knowing that I wanted to do something “Texas-y”, I set about thinking of what might go well with it. I actually perused many drink recipes in Patron’s Social Club.  My main reason for doing this was to see what flavors matched well with reposado tequila and where I could take this drink.  Each type of tequila has a different flavor profile and what works well with one may not work well with others.  In the end, I didn’t end up using any particular drink but got a few flavor inspirations that I turned into my own creation.

All the ingredients for a Sara Sunrise cocktail

So of course Patron’s Social Club had tequila drinks with mango.  I’ve always liked the idea of mango and tequila so I decided to start there.  I was able to find a nice bottle of mango juice at my local grocery store, and I picked up a perfectly fresh mango from our local Whole Foods. It made a fantastically tasty garnish.

Sliced mangoes and lime wedges

Another flavor idea I came across was ginger beer.  Patron’s site didn’t have it matched with the mango, but I figured that the two would go together – ginger and mango seem to be a good fit.  (Sometimes this is just how my flavor combinations work out). It actually as a great fit. I used a brand of ginger beer that wasn’t too sweet or too spicy – it was Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew, and it made a perfect mixer for this drink.  It’s a subtle ginger beer, and that’s just what was needed.

Close up of tequila, lime and seasoning

My final two inspirations for this drink came back to the mango.  And South Texas.  When I was visiting at Mom’s she turned me on to this tasty chili lime seasoning that people there and in Mexico sprinkle on their fruit (like mangoes and pineapple).  The brand I picked up is Tajin, and it’s basically dried and powdered chili peppers, salt and lime juice.  Since I knew that seasoning went well on the mango, I figured it would make a good addition to a mango tequila cocktail.  It actually worked out great.  The slight bit of spice and salt complimented both the tequila and the mango very well.

Our final ingredient is fresh lime juice.  I use quite a bit, proportionally – a quarter of a lime goes into this drink.  As you’ll see below, I juiced it into the cocktail and then just threw the lime wedge in the glass for an in-glass garnish.

Sara Sunrise Cocktail - close up

Overall, this drink works well.  Feel free to adjust to your personal tastes.  This is not a very “strong” drink in terms of alcohol content so you may want to up the tequila if you’re a fan of stronger drinks.  This is a great sipping drink for a party.  I received quite a few compliments on it.   In the end, it’s all thanks to Ms. Sara and her Texas-born self for the inspiration!

Sara Sunrise Cocktail

OK, now I need a drink.  On to the recipe!

Yield: 1 cocktail

“Sara Sunrise” – Tequila Cocktail Recipe

This tall cool refreshing tequila cocktail is great for a party or just sipping on your front porch.


  • Ice
  • 1 fluid ounce reposado tequila
  • 2 fluid ounces mango juice
  • 1/4 of a lime, wedged
  • Splash of ginger beer
  • Mango slice
  • Tajin Clasico chili lime seasoning


  1. Fill a 12 to 16 ounce glass 3/4 full with ice.
  2. Using a shot glass to measure, add the tequila and mango juice.
  3. Squeeze the lime wedge into the cocktail, and then add the lime to the glass as well.
  4. Top the cocktail with ginger beer.
  5. Stir the drink with a cocktail stirrer or use another glass to mix the drink back and forth - your preference here.
  6. When ready to serve, garnish with a slice of fresh mango and a dash of chili lime seasoning.
  7. Enjoy!

In case you're looking to make a larger batch: a 500 ml bottle of tequila, a 1 liter bottle of mango juice, 4 bottles of ginger beer, and 3 limes will make 12 cocktails.

Prep:10 min

Total:10 min

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