Tequila Sunrise
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Tequila Sunrise
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The Tequila Sunrise is a vibrant and visually striking cocktail known for its layered color effect that mimics a sunrise. Served in a highball glass, this refreshing beverage combines the ... more The Tequila Sunrise is a vibrant and visually striking cocktail known for its layered color effect that mimics a sunrise. Served in a highball glass, this refreshing beverage combines the crisp, agave notes of tequila with the sweet, citrus flavors of orange juice, yielding a smooth and tropical taste. The addition of grenadine, a pomegranate-flavored syrup, not only sweetens the drink but also creates the characteristic red-to-orange gradient that gives the Tequila Sunrise its name. This cocktail is typically garnished with an orange slice, adding an extra touch of fruitiness and enhancing its presentation. The Tequila Sunrise is a popular choice for those seeking a sweet and fruity cocktail with a tequila base.
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(1930)
Base ingredient
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Tequila
Garnish
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Orange
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12% | 1.8 units *
Details
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Easy
Classic
Stirred

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Tequila Sunrise is a picturesque cocktail that cleverly balances the robust, earthy tones of tequila with the brightness of fresh orange juice. The addition of grenadine not only provides a sweet, tart undertone that complements the citrus beautifully but also delivers a stunning visual gradient that enhances the drinking experience.

Method
How to make a Tequila Sunrise

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour in the tequila
Top up with orange juice and give the cocktail a stir
Once mixed pour in the grenadine, which should sink to the bottom, colouring the rest of the drink on its way down
Garnish with an orange slice and serve

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·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ

Why is it called a Tequila Sunrise?

The cocktail is named Tequila Sunrise because its beautiful gradients of color resemble a morning sky. When the grenadine is added to the mix of orange juice and tequila, it sinks and then gradually rises to mix, creating hues that mimic the colors of a sunrise.

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Tequila Sunrise?

The Tequila Sunrise has its origins in the 1930s-1940s in Arizona. However, the modern version of the cocktail, popularized in the 1970s, is attributed to bartenders at the Trident in Sausalito, California. It gained further popularity after being associated with rock bands such as the Eagles and the Rolling Stones.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Tequila Sunrise?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version, often called a Virgin Sunrise, by omitting the tequila and adding more orange juice or substituting with a non-alcoholic spirit that mimics the flavor profile of tequila.

FAQ

How should I properly serve a Tequila Sunrise?

A Tequila Sunrise should be served in a highball glass, ideally with ice. Start by pouring the tequila and orange juice over the ice, and then gently add the grenadine, allowing it to settle and then slowly rise to create the sunrise effect. Garnish with an orange slice or cherry for extra flair.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Tequila Sunrise?

Given its sweet and citrusy profile, a Tequila Sunrise pairs well with brunch dishes, seafood, and light salads. Foods with a slight spicy or tangy flavor also complement the sweetness of the cocktail nicely.

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