One of the most common uses of grenadine is to add some showy coloration to a beverage. The strong red color of the syrup and its thicker texture allows it to perform well in most juices, many liquors and in their combination.
The Tequila Sunset is a pretty simple drink
2 oz Silver Tequila
4 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Grenadine Syrup
Shake the tequila and juice in a shaker with ice, strain into a glass. Slowly drizzle the syrup into the drink so that it settles and disperses through the bottom of the drink.
What you’re left with is a very nice blending of color from the yellow to dark red at the bottom. Thinner grenadine doesn’t do this well and those heavy in dyes tend to color too well leaving the drink a kind of muddy brown color.
Well made, you can sip this slowly and enjoy the change as the syrup slowly increases in concentration. Unless you’re using fresh squeezed OJ the citrus flavor is going to be tart and bland. The grenadine also helps to add some character to the drink overall as well as to help mask any alcohol you might taste from using cheaper Tequila.
I used sparkle donkey for this one, and I’m not disappointed. It has a very strong nose, which isn’t ideal here but the flavor is still mellow and smooth.