Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes

My friends and I recently gathered for a Cinco de Mayo themed PotLuck.  I kept going back and forth between two types of cupcakes before ultimately deciding on these tequila sunrise ones.  I was very excited to finally make these because 1) baking with booze is fun and 2) I had not baked cupcakes in a while.  Below is the recipe for both the cupcakes and the icing.  Btw, this gave me the chance to try out my new piping bag.  I am happy to say that I am now a frosting machine.

  • Ingredients for Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (Tropicana will do, no need for anything fancy)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 cup almond milk (or soy)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tequila (you can play with the measurement of this, I also used Cuervo Gold because it’s cheap)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 16 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, almond milk, oil, tequila, vanilla, grenadine, food coloring (both yellow and red), and sugar.
  4. Using the stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment, slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined (this should NOT be lumpy. make sure there are NO traces of flour left behind).
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
This is what they should look like if you use the number of drops I specified for the food coloring

This is what they should look like if you use the number of drops I specified for the food coloring

  • Ingredients for the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or soy)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons tequila (again, you may play with this to get the desired taste that you want)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  1. Using the stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment, cream butter for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Slowly add the confectioners sugar, until mixture is smooth and fluffy (5-10 minutes, depending on the speed you prefer).
  3. Add almond milk, tequila, zest, grenadine, and food coloring (both yellow and red) and mix until just combined.  Feel free to add more milk and/or sugar if needed to obtain the proper consistency.
  4. Once you reach the consistency you like, mix at a high speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the now cool cupcakes.


These came out super tasty and were a big hit at the PotLuck.  You will slightly taste the tequila but not to the point where it’s super strong and you won’t be able to enjoy these cupcakes.  Feel free to always play with the food coloring if you want to achieve a different color of your choosing.  I felt these were a fun “spring” color.  The grenadine in the frosting will also add its own shade of red, so if you’re happy with only that then by all means.  It felt good to bake cupcakes again.  Enjoy.

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4 Responses to Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes

  1. filbio says:

    These were truly awesome! Make them again! BRAVO!

  2. Amria says:

    this sounds heavenly!

    • quinngoldie says:

      They came out better than expected! And they were all gone by the end of the night haha. I would definitely recommend you try making them (if you’re into baking).

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