Several years ago, before we had kids, my husband and I went to Key West on vacation. One of my favorite memories from the trip was the Sunset Shrimp Spectacular festival we attended. $5 got you a shrimp dinner, and $5 more got a margarita to wash it down. The ambiance was made complete by playful dolphins in the bay, a local band at the end of the pier, and festival performers dancing in Mallory Square. It was a perfect evening, and this is the perfect summer cocktail. Mix up a pitcher and to enjoy in the evening, just as the fireflies are coming out! Feel free to change up the ingredients to suit your tastes, keeping in mind that the colors of the original recipe are meant to mimic a gorgeous summer sunset in the Keys...
3 cups tequila
1 750 mL bottle pinot grigio
3 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
1 1/2 cups simple syrup
1 1/2 cups lime juice (fresh is best!)
3 cups ice
3 cups club soda
large slices of citrus (orange, lemon, pink grapefruit)
Add all ingredients to large pitcher or drink dispenser, with the exception of the ice, club soda, and fruit. Stir to combine. Gently stir in ice. Pour club soda over the top just before serving, and garnish with fruit. Pour over ice!
Recipe adapted from Pottery Barn catalog.