Resaca Sunset Cocktail

I spent the weekend with my Mom at her home in Bayview, Texas, right on the tip of Texas on the border and the Gulf of Mexico. Where she lives, there are tons of citrus orchards that have plentiful and giant ruby red grapefruit, Navel and Valencia oranges, Ponderosa lemons, and Key limes. I was lucky enough to get to pick a huge (and heavy) bag of citrus to enjoy with my friends and family. I wanted to be creative a make a refreshing cocktail using what I picked, and this is what I conjured up! I named it Resaca Sunset, because it reminded me of the gorgeous colors in the evening sky over the Resaca behind my Mom’s property. I think this would make a wonderful drink anytime, but especially if it’s hot outside! The freshly squeezed locally grown citrus I believe made this drink even tastier, in comparison to store-bought juices. If you can’t pick your own citrus at an orchard near you (lol)… buy a whole orange and grapefruit at your grocery store and juice it yourself, it makes a difference!


Yield: One batch, approx 2 cocktails

  • 2 oz freshly squeezed Valencia or Navel orange juice
  • 3 oz freshly squeezed Ruby Red Grapefruit juice
  • 4 oz Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • 3 oz good quality Vodka (I used Dripping Springs, a Central Texas Vodka)


  • Use a citrus juicer to squeeze out the juices from your fruit. Measure out 2 oz of orange juice and 3 oz of grapefruit juice
  • Measure out 4 oz of cranberry juice cocktail
  • Measure out 3 oz Vodka
  • Pour measured ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
  • Shake until chilled, pour into glass of choice and garnish with citrus rind if you choose
The sunset over Resaca de Los Cuates, Bayview, Texas

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