Sunrise Sunset Recipe from Tropical Smoothie

A few weeks ago I stopped by my local Tropical Smoothie to “just check the place out.”   When I ordered I asked what the “most popular smoothie” was and was told the Sunrise Sunset.  I ordered and happily waited.  Upon first sip I was completely hooked.

I went back three times that week for another Sunrise Sunset and even got Mike and the girls hooked on them to aid in justifying not only the drive there – its literally across town – but also the cost of four individual smoothies.  Mike, my ever frugal adoring hubbly the last trip that I drug him out to get my fix said “babe, are you sure you can’t make this at home?” 


Sunrise Sunset … at home.


  • 3 oranges peeled and cubed
  • 1 mango peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2+ cups ice
  • cane sugar (or Splenda) to taste

I added a little bit of skim milk to kinda get things started – I was afraid there wasnt enough liquid for the blender.  It came out pretty thin though so I actually added a couple more cups of ice to get it thicker.  I now just put the oranges on the bottom and they seem to put enough juice to keep it going.

This smoothie is absolutely amazing and my family is so glad that I can get up and make one at 5am instead of whining for them to all get up and get dressed and be drug across town.  (Dear Mr Tropical Smoothie – a location on Nine Mile Road in Pensacola would be fabulous… mkaythanks)

Of course I will still have to drive across town for the second-best-thing-ever which is also on the Tropical Smoothie menu – the King Caesar Chicken wrap.  But at least I don’t crave those until later in the day… you know, like 8am.


  1. Meg Wain says

    Omg thank you so much for this recipe! I am so addicted to this smoothie, I have been for years, but just recently they closed the tropical smoothie next to my house. They only moved it about 10 minutes away, but it is run by a bunch of teenagers and I usually end up waiting 20 minutes for one smoothie! Not only will I never have to wait for my favorite smoothie again, but it will probably be much cheaper! Thanks so much!

  2. Phyllis says

    I so love sunrise sunset recipe what I do is I change it up a little bit instead of adding in the orange, I add a banana and kiwi and it makes it taste even better!! Yum!!

  3. Jean says

    Thanks for the recipe! My kids love Tropical Smoothie, but I can’t justify paying $5+ for a smoothie and I can’t get them there early in the day to buy a smoothie at happy hour.

    I’ve made smoothies before and find that if you use frozen fruit you don’t have to add as much ice and it comes out thicker.

    Thanks again!

  4. says

    Thank goodness for this! It’s tricky to get my daughter to eat fruit, but she LOVES this smoothie! Can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Carlos says

    My two favorite items at Tropical Smoothie are the King Ceasar Wrap and the Sunrise Sunset Smoothie as well. Sometimes I add ginger to my Sunrise Sunset. Perfection.

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