Something about the Tequila Sunrise is lost in translation to real, snow-dusted life. North of Mexico, that mellow buzz goes directly to heartburn hangover, buttressed by whiffs of 9 a.m. Brown Bag Sunrise on the G train. For a softer way to enter the day, New York's Rouge Tomate offers the Velvet Sunrise. This spirit-free cocktail is a citrusy beta-carotene booster.
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The sweet root vegetable, pomegranate, and clementine are this juice's power trio. When beets are at their sweetest, no agave addition is necessary: this stuff is fruity and delicious, crowned with an optional layer of pomegranate foam.
For a cold-weather, hangover-clearing elixir, Rouge Tomate head bartender Cristian Molina whips up an alcohol-free Winter Citrus Punch. "The citrus is just amazing right now," who waxes especially poetic about clementine juice.
The Amber Palmer from Rouge Tomate in New York City is a loose, seasonal interpretation of the classic mix of lemonade and tea. This liquor-free sparkler is a refreshingly tangy, complex alternative to a simple iced tea or a sweet Arnold Palmer, and it's easy to make at home.