Drink Recipe: Sunshine State of Mind



Aaaaaaand…we’re back with another food/drink post! Nate and I (ooooo, my fiance!–still weird to say–) have been having so much fun lately concocting new recipes and sharing ones we’ve thrown together in the past to share with you. This particular drink recipe is his pride and joy lately–and rightfully so! It’s DELICIOUS.


Hey everyone! Nate here with another recipe for you all to enjoy. Being Floridians, Missy and I get our fair share of sunshine and warm weather (not to rub it in), but now that temperatures are on the rise, we thought we would share with you one of our favorite drink recipes, perfect for when we happen to be floating in the pool. Now, Missy isn’t big on tequila and to be honest neither was I for a while (I could go into a 21st birthday story…but that would take too long), but when I concocted this drink one day Missy and I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. So here we go! Let’s make what we like to call “The Sunshine State of Mind”:


Above is all you will need to complete this drink. Salt on the rim is optional if you want this to be more like a margarita, but we prefer to leave it out. This drink is very light and refreshing without the need that a margarita has for salt to cut through the heavy flavor. First, let’s do some prep work:



Cut the orange and the lime to make two wedges. These will be used to garnish the drink at the end for presentation, and then to add to the flavor once served. Time to get the glass ready!


Fill a collins glass with ice. Now, if you would like to do a salted rim you will proabaly like to make this in a wider-rimmed glass so that the salt lasts throughout the entire drink. Let’s move on to the good part:


Bada dadadada da da…bada badadada da!…well, you know the rest. The tequila I chose for this drink is El Jimador Reposado; It’s fairly cheap and smooth making it ideal for mixes! You will need to add 1 1/2 oz. of this tequila to the glass. Let’s move on to the next step:


Next we need to add 1 oz. of orange flavored liqour to the mix. I chose Triple Sec, but you can also use Cointreau if you like spending more than you should on orange flavored liqour…I mean serioulsy, is anyone not mixing Cointreau with something else? So what’s the point if you’re just covering it up with other stuff? Okay, sorry…end rant. I need something to make me bubbly again:


Ahh yes..club soda: tonic water’s less popular brother. I decided to go with club soda because it kept this beverage on the refreshing side; tonic has a tendancy to dry out your mouth. Of course you can always supplement with tonic if you prefer that tangy bite. Fill your drink almost to the top with your choice of soda and let’s get on to the heart of “The Sunshine State of Mind”:


You guessed it (probably because you saw it in one of the first photos…shut up) Florida orange juice! Top off your drink with this delicious, southern juice. Now…time to make it look pretty:


There it is! The Sunshine State of Mind! Delicious, light, and refreshing… the perfect drink for lounging by the pool. Adding the orange and lime next to each other for a garnish really makes it look like a sunset…you know, if sunsets had green in them (shut up again). Now all there is left to do is enjoy!


I gotta say, there’s nothing I don’t like about this picture. This picture also has a little sneak peak of the Lilly Pulitzer x Target collaboration soon to make its debut here on Pop of Style! I was there with Missy at Target for the insanity; she needed her man to defend the goods from the wolves…a duty I don’t take lightly. Well, Missy and I hope that you enjoy this drink, and I hope you know that even if it’s not sunny where you are…


2 Comments on Drink Recipe: Sunshine State of Mind

  1. Betsy
    April 22, 2015 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    The liquid “Sunshine” drink recipe looks so inviting! Can’t wait to try it đŸ™‚

  2. Julie
    April 22, 2015 at 3:21 am (4 years ago)

    Nate! Looks very delicious. We’ll be sure to try it while we’re soaking in the sunshine in Pennsylvania!

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