Sonoran Sunset Sensation Cocktail: Simple Mixed Drink For One Or A Crowd

One way to make simple camping cocktails is by using minimal ingredients that taste awesome when they are mixed together.

This Sonoran Sunset Sensation Cocktail uses only 3 ingredients and two of them are juice! The booze and juices combine to create a color that resembles Arizona’s sunsets … which are some of the most beautiful the world has ever seen. 

Photographers know if they wait long enough … the “money shot” is guaranteed to present itself. With a warm serenity of ever-changing colors, the ball of fire slips below the horizon. 

There’s nothing better than sipping a cocktail while watching the awesome display of nature doing the thing it was created to do. The pinks, oranges and reds boast a sweet and refreshing flavor sensation making this the perfect cocktail to celebrate the occasion of a breath-taking Arizona sunset.

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How To Make An Arizona Sunset Cocktail

The most important thing to consider when making a summertime sunset drink is the temperature of your ingredients and your serving glass.

This cocktail is a simple mix of three ingredients … you’ll want to make sure they are fully chilled before you mix the drink.

Camping Cocktail Making Tip: Pouring cold liquids over ice ensures the drink is cold and strong. Warm mixers water down the ice in a glass resulting in semi-warm drinks that lack flavor because the ingredients are diluted with water from melting ice.

Glasses For Camping Cocktails

Pretty drinks deserve to be seen! Sure you could serve your mixed drinks in a red solo cup if you don’t want to carry real glass … but it is nice to be able to show off the colors of a drink like this one.

You may want to consider non-breakable, clear plastic cocktail tumblers. These glasses can be used for serving plain juice at breakfast, then used again for drinks during happy hour.

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Making Cocktails For Large Camping Groups

Simple mixed drinks that uses non-carbonated ingredients are the easiest cocktails you can make when you are serving large groups of people.

Instead of making individual servings, multiply as necessary to serve the number of campers in your group. Mix the liquids and store the batch in a refrigerator or cooler until you are ready to serve. Then pour over ice in a serving glass.

Camping Cocktail Making Tip: Don’t add ice to the cocktail mixture big batch. Serve glasses with ice then pour the cocktail mixture into each individual glass so the cocktail stays fresh and bold rather than weak and watered down.

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Sonoran Sunset Sensation cocktail camp recipes Camping For Foodies

Sonoran Sunset Sensation Camping Cocktail Recipe

Camping For Foodies Sonoran Sunset Sensation Camping Cocktail Recipe
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Course: Camping Drink Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Kim Hanna


  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Ice to fill cocktail glass.


  • Pre-chill all ingredients in a refrigerator or cooler.
  • Mix Malibu Coconut Rum, cranberry juice and pineapple juice together in a container.
  • Fill serving cocktail glass with ice.
  • Pour mixed cocktail over ice and serve with a straw.

Cocktails For Large Groups

  • This recipe makes one drink but it easily scales for large groups. Multiply as necessary to serve the number of campers in your group. Just make sure you mix the ingredients without the ice so you don’t water down the drinks. Place the cocktail mixture in a cooler or refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Then, provide glasses of ice to each person and pour the chilled drink over each glass of ice at the time of serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 30g

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  1. Your making me thirsty for a sunset and a cocktail!

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Don’t wait too long before you satisfy your thirst! Enjoy your next trip!