Naming cocktail drinks can be a headache. The easiest technique is to simply enumerate the ingredients, but 3 fruit juices + silver tequila = delicious cocktail drink doesn’t exactly inspire name recall. So, I christen this drink tropical suburban sunset. Two reasons. First, tropical suburban sunset sounds terribly romantic. Second, the color of the drink mimics the fiery skies of a tropical sunset.
After the girls had both gone off to college, I rarely woke up before nine o’clock. It’s been so long since I last saw the sunrise that I’ve forgotten how beautiful it can be. I’m trying to recall the last time I took a photo of the sunrise and, as far as I can remember, it was late in 2009 in Singapore when the ship docked at Harbour Front on the last day of our cruise. I was obliged to get up lest I got thrown overboard for being an illegal passenger.
I’m not complaining though. Who wants to get up on cold mornings when the most wonderful place to be is in bed, wrapped up in my comforter and my dopey mind still lingering in dreamland?
Besides, I like sunsets better. Because I live in the tropics where, most of the year, days are long and hot, the sunset is a promise of an end to the sweltering heat and the start of a cooler and more comfortable night. I remember Sam asking me once which is more beautiful, the sunset or the sunrise, and if I remember correctly, I told her it depends on where you’re viewing the sunrise or sunset from. I’ve seen a lot of sunsets but not too many sunrises. And, from what I’ve seen, I find the colors of sunset more visually fascinating.
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- 8 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice
- 1/2 cup silver tequila
- lime or lemon slices to garnish
Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a shaker.
Pour in the juices and tequila.
Add ice and shake for about 10 seconds.
Pour into a glass.
Stir in a few lime or lemon slices.
Serve at once.