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Coconut Sunrise Cocktail

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Coconut Sunrise is a sweet and refreshing cocktail. Lightly alcoholic, it’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days and makes any brunch extra special.

Beautiful layered cocktail of light orange to dark red in a tall glass with crushed ice. Red and white striped straws are scattered in the foreground with a dish of peanuts.

Are you ready for something new to sip on this summer?  My Coconut Sunrise will surprise you with every sip.

I love layered cocktails like the Lava Flow and stacked drinks like the B-52.  So, I thought I would create my own lightly boozy drink that would have definite layers.  You might think making these types of drinks is hard, but I promise you it is not hard at all. 

Just remember to put heavy weighted liquors or liquids on the bottom and lighter ones one top, which is why the Coconut Sunrise starts with a layer of cream of coconut in the bottom of the glass.  It is the heaviest of the ingredients.

Orange Juice and Coconut Rum are Poured Over Crushed Ice and Cream of Coconut.

The simplest layered cocktail is a Tequila Sunrise.  Orange juice and tequila are mixed and pour over ice.  Then grenadine is poured into the drink.  Because the grenadine is heavier than the orange juice and tequila, it sinks to the bottom of the glass and you have the beautiful red and orange cocktail that is still a favorite drink today.

After you add the orange juice and coconut rum, pour a steady stream of grenadine into the cocktail. It will settle toward the bottom of your drink, yielding beautiful and delicious layers.

my twist on a classic cocktail

My Coconut Sunrise is an update on the classic Tequila Sunrise. My twist on the classic version is to use coconut.  Coconut rum is substituted for the tequila and a layer of cream of coconut in the bottom of the glass gives extra sweetness and beauty to this brunchtime and anytime treat.

Slices of an orange on a green cutting board
Make your drinks beautiful! Here is one way to cut an orange slice to decorate the rim of the glass.

I like moving my straw up and down through the cocktail.  Sometimes I just want to taste the orange and coconut layer and sometimes I like just a tiny sip of the cream of coconut. While my husband likes to stir the layers and mix the cream of coconut and grenadine into the orange juice and coconut rum layer.

Although, the Coconut Sunrise looks fancy, it is extremely easy to make.  If you are having company over, you can mix the orange juice and coconut rum in advance.  Then, you can easily make this drink as needed.  It only takes a minute to assemble each drink.

Just in case you are thinking this drink is too sweet, you can substitute Aperol for the grenadine syrup.  This is absolutely delicious too!

Layers of orange and red atop cream of coconut. Beautiful cocktail garnished with a slice of orange.
Beautiful layered cocktail of light orange to dark red in a tall glass with crushed ice.
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Coconut Sunrise Cocktail

Encharted Cook | Jan Nunes
Coconut Sunrise is a sweet and refreshing cocktail. Lightly alcoholic, it’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days and makes any brunch extra special.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 Serving
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Ingredients

Cocktail

  • 4 Ounces Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Coconut Rum
  • 2 Ounces Cream of Coconut
  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Grenadine Syrup

Garnishes

  • Slice of an Orange

Instructions

  • Shake or mix together orange juice and coconut rum. Set aside.
  • Pour cream of coconut into the bottom of a 16-ounce glass. Gently fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Pour the orange juice and coconut rum mixture over the ice.
  • Add grenadine in a slow steady stream. The grenadine will fall to the bottom of the glass and rest on top of the cream of coconut.
  • Do not stir. Add a straw and garnish with a slice of an orange.
  • Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

♥  A mocktail version can be easily made by omitting the coconut rum and increasing the orange juice to 6 ounces.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract to the orange juice for coconut flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 56.7mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg
All nutritional information on this site is an estimate. Your results may vary.
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