Tropical Sunset Cocktail

Tropical Sunset Cocktail

There is nothing that screams ‘Summer!’ to me like a refreshing
 ice-cold cocktail as you watch the sunset with your family or friends.

 This cocktail is great for when you’re hosting a party, as you can 
make it in bulk, picnics or just any occasion that calls for a good
 cocktail! It is a definite crowd pleaser and does not require a lot of
 prep time as well.

Feel free to use whatever type of glasses you have at home as long 
as they are transparent, so you clearly see the magnificent colour
 gradient formed!

Time: 35 minutes
Yield: about 1 medium sized jug

  • 1 can lemonade (can be substituted with sprite or sparkling water)
  • 1 litre orange fruit juice
  • 500 ml mango fruit juice
  • A few drops pink, or orange food coloring
  • 600 ml ginger beer/juice (homemade or store bought)
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 small lemon
  • Ice cubes
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint
  1. Place all the liquids in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours before use.
  2. For the sugar coating on the rim of the glasses, place the sugar in a medium sized flat plate.
  3. Add about three drops of the food coloring to the sugar rub it into the rest of the sugar using your clean hands until all the sugar is evenly coated. Feel free to add more food coloring depending on the intensity you want to have of the color.
  4. Cut the lemon in half and run it around the rim of the glasses then immediately dip the rim of each glass into the colored sugar and let them dry up, before pouring in the cocktail. 
  5. Make sure the rims of the glasses are evenly and entirely coated.
  6. Pour the orange juice, mango juice, lemonade, ginger and beer/juice into a jug and mix
  7. When filling your glasses, add one or two drops of food coloring to the bottom of your glass before poring the cocktail in. Do the same for all the glasses.
  8. Leave the glasses untouched and after about 10 minutes the color gradient will become visible!
  9. Garnish with one sprig of mint on each of the glass rims and your cocktails will be ready to serve.

Recipe notes: You may double or triple the amount depending on the number of cocktails you need .You may also make half the amount if you do not need as much as the  recipe makes. Be sure to either double or half all the ingredients (not just some) if you decide if you need more or less than what the recipe caters for.