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The Easiest Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

A Vibrant and Irresistible Warm Weather Sip
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Tequila Sunrise; has there ever been a more perfect name for a vacation cocktail?  And here’s the great thing, you don’t have to actually be on vacation to enjoy this libation.

With a simple recipe of a mere three ingredients, the Tequila Sunrise is a classic cocktail that deserves a comeback this summer. It’s vibrant, refreshing, and packs a flavorful punch thanks to high quality silver tequila, orange juice and Maraschino cherries.  Plus how gorgeous is that two tone color, especially in my favorite Dwell Studio malachite glasses.

In truth I probably wouldn’t call myself a tequila person, per say; by now you know I’m a wine lover through and through.  BUT, there’s something about the mix of Casamigos, freshly squeezed orange juice, and the sweet juice from a jar of Maraschino cherries that immediately puts me into out of office mode and who doesn’t love that?! Plus if there was ever a time to enjoy a Tequila Sunrise cocktail it’s now when you can get the sweetest, in season, Florida orange juice.

The recipe for this easy, super vibrant, two-toned cocktail is below.  I hope you’ll mix it up this weekend, and let it instantly transport you to sandy beaches with absolutely nowhere to be and nothing to do.  Cheers to island time Friends!  Truly, MKR




The Tequila Sunrise


  • 1 oz. Silver Tequila, I prefer I used Casamigos
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice, and fresh squeezed takes it to the next level
  • 1 oz. Cherry Juice. I used it right from the jar, you could also muddle maraschino cherries
  • Orange slices, maraschino cherries for garnish
  • Salt rim, optional


  1. Layer cocktail ingredients in the following order: cherry juice, tequila, orange juice.
  2. Garnish with orange slices, maraschino cherries, and salt rim if preferred.
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The Classic Negroni Cocktail

An Indispensable, Yet Simple Happy Hour Cocktail
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The Classic Negroni cocktail recipe by @waitingonmartha

The Negroni.  It’s the perfect apĂ©ritif (a pre-dinner drink to awaken the appetite), and in its simplicity, it’s one of the most indispensable cocktails, in my humble opinion.  It came about circa 1919 in Florence, and has continued to be a mainstay on any decent cocktail menu (read on about its history and splash into the mainstream here). It seems fancy; it’s not.  It’s made up of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari.  And with a crisp blood orange peel as the garnish, it’s as gorgeous as it tastes.  

Campari always brings on the La Dolce Vita vibes for me; and The Negroni’s cheery, punchy red with fresh citrus and bitter sweet flavor is incredibly easy to sip under the sun. I think you’ll find that its flavors beg for creative renditions of its classic recipe, too.  It can be served on the rocks or up in a cocktail glass, and it’s incredibly easy to pour another (and another).  Cin cin!  Truly, MKR


The Classic Negroni
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  1. 1 oz. gin
  2. 1 oz. Campari
  3. 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  4. Orange peels, to garnish
  1. Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass orr double rocks glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with orange peels, and serve!
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Hot Buttered Rum Cider

An Incredibly Sippable Cold-Weather Cocktail
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If you’re like us, you’ve still got holiday-brain this week.  So instead of fighting the productivity slump, we’re embracing it with a mouth-watering cocktail recipe today.  My hot buttered rum cider will warm you from the inside out, I tell you!  Now you’ve just got to count the hours until 5 o’clock to try it at home. 

Hot, buttered rum cider.  I knew from the second I heard the words together that it would be a truly decadent sip.   And since making it, I’ve decided that a glass of this is my new favorite fight to the winter blues; it’s warm, bright and creamy and it goes down really easy (almost too easy).  I’ve professed my love for boozy apple cider before, and this one has the added bonus of creamy butter and brown sugar, along with a sprinkle of salt, a squeeze of fresh lemon and a pinch of cinnamon that rounds out the rich flavors. It’s quite simply perfectly balanced. 

See the full recipe before, but all you’ll need to do is bring apple cider to a simmer and stir in unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  And to serve, simply pour the warm, buttered cider into individual glasses, and top each with dark rum and a squeeze of fresh lemon for that needed acidity.  Garnish with cinnamon stick to serve.  Cheers, friends!  Truly, MKR



Hot Buttered Rum Cider
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  1. 6 cups high quality apple cider (not juice, cider)
  2. 1 stick unsalted butter
  3. 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  8. 2 cups dark Rum
  9. Juice of half a lemon
  10. Cinnamon sticks for garnish
  11. salt to taste
  1. In a medium pot bring the apple cider to a boil over medium/high heat then immediately turn the heat on low and allow the mixture to simmer.
  2. Stir in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and a pinch of salt. Continue to stir until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. If the sugar isn't dissolving, whisk the mixture.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add in rum and the juice of half a lemon.
  4. Ladle the hot rum buttered cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
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