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Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail

Alcoholic Drinks

This Brazilian Sunrise cocktail uses cachaca, also known as Brazilian rum, in place of tequila for a unique fruity cocktail. This is a perfect summer drink with only three ingredients. Make one for yourself today.

Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail

Well, we survived the World Cup. It was a long haul with some rough moments, but we survived to see Germany triumph over Argentina, which my husband rather enjoyed. There’s only one problem. We now have a ton of leftover, obscure booze from around the world. 

Wait, is that a problem? Let’s look at it as an opportunity. Today, we’re going to use up some cachaca, which is a Brazilian rum. When we tried it, we thought it tasted more like tequila than rum. It has that sharp sweetness you sometimes get from tequila. Geoff had the great idea to make a Brazilian version of my favorite tequila cocktail, the tequila sunrise.

I combined cachaca with triple sec, and orange juice, then layered in some grenadine for that lovely sunrise effect. I garnished them with thin slices of orange and lime. The tart citrus compliments the sharpness of the cachaca. I’m into it.

Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail from Awesome on 20

I still feel a little sad for the way Brazil’s World Cup ended. But with the Summer Olympics in Rio in two years, I’m sure we’ll be buying another bottle of cachaca. Now what am I going to do with all this Amarula and Wishniak? I see lots of international cocktails in our future. Come on over.


Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail

A sweet and tart cocktail featuring Brazilian cachaca

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Ice
  • 1 ounce cachaca
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • About 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grenadine
  • orange and lime slices for garnishes


  1. Put a handful of ice in a short glass. Add cachaca and triple sec. Fill the glass most of the way with orange juice, then stir.
  2. Tilt your glass slightly to the side and slowly pour the grenadine down the inside of the glass so that it can make a lovely pink layer on the bottom.
  3. Add orange and lime slices and celebrate Brazilian style.

Keywords: Cachaca, Orange Juice, Cocktail

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3 thoughts on “Brazilian Sunrise Cocktail”

  1. Ooh! This looks so pretty! I’m going to have to try it… of course as an homage to Brazil for giving us a good show. 🙂

    I’m going to have to learn how to layer drinks.

    1. Just pour slowly. It all depends on the viscosity of the different ingredients. Grenadine is perfect for layering because it’s really thick.

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