File this one under dangerous. The mezcal is smoky and bold. The pineapple is sweet. And the grenadine at the bottom means it just gets more drinkable as you go. Altogether, everything in this drink just works.
The classic Tequila Sunrise has two main variations. This update borrows from both, with lime juice balancing the sweetness and the cinnamon garnish adding the slightest hint of warmth, like when the sun first appears over the horizon.
Our Classic Grenadine adds more than just the color. It's an essential element in this complex drink.
1 oz. Mezcal
.5 oz. Orange Liqueur, like Triple Sec
.5 oz. Eli Mason Classic Grenadine
.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice (don't stress if it's not fresh squeezed)
In a shaker, combine the mezcal, triple sec, lime juice, and pineapple juice over ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Place a spoon against the inside of the glass and slowly pour the grenadine over the back of the spoon so it collects at the bottom. Give it one gentle stir, garnish with cinnamon stick, and serve.
For a less smoky sipper, substitute Tequila for Mezcal.