Beyond Screwdrivers & Mimosas: 5 Best Orange Juice Cocktails to Try

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Photo by Matthew Harvey

There's a time in most people's lives in which making a orange-flavored cocktail involved dumping some Smirnoff in OJ (for me, this was up until last week). But orange juice need not only be a mixer for vodka and cheap champagne. Try these more innovative orange libations at your next summer shindig.

5. Tequila Sunrise. With a sweeter, stronger citrus flavor than a margarita, the tequila sunrise is perfect preprandial cocktail on breezy summer evenings. I recommend using blanco tequila and homemade grenadine syrup for a clean, less syrupy taste.

4. Mai Tai. Some recipes for this tikki classic call for orange syrup rather than orange juice; I prefer the latter because its less saccharine taste tends to temper the other bold ingredients like pineapple juice and spiced rum. And, remember, a Mai Tai without a garnish is a naked, sorry sight, indeed, so load up your drink with cherries and orange slices.

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