Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 1 drink
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) tequila
4 ounces (½ cup) orange juice
¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) grenadine syrup (purchased or homemade)
Ice (try our clear ice!)
For the garnish: Cocktail cherry, orange slice
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the tequila and orange juice and stir.
Pour the grenadine into center of the drink and it will sink to the bottom. Stir gently for sunrise gradient effect.
Garnish with an orange slice and cocktail cherry.
Wow, does this drink has the visual component nailed. If you want to impress, try this Tequila Sunrise! It’s beautiful and vibrant, with layered colors of a summer sunset. Here’s the best part: it’s so easy to make! All you need is 3 ingredients: and no special techniques or equipment! The flavor is refreshingly sweet, with just a hint of tequila. The instant Alex and I made it, we knew it would be a great signature drink for entertaining. It’s a great summer cocktail, but it works for anytime you want to conjure up the warmth of summer. Here’s how to make it!
What’s in a tequila sunrise?
The original version of a Tequila Sunrise was invented in the 1930’s, but that version had creme de cassis, lime and soda water: nothing like what it’s become today! The modern version of the drink was invented in the 1970’s at a hotel in California. The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail that’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that there’s an “official” definition, which is:
Try clear ice for a stunning look!
If you want to take your tequila sunrise over the top, think ahead and make up a batch of our clear ice. You’ll need to think 24 hours in advance, but you can make a batch that will last for many drinks and store it in the freezer. All you need is 24 hours and a small cooler! It makes perfectly clear artisan style ice like you’d see in a fancy bar. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
When to serve a tequila sunrise
The tequila sunrise cocktail is sweet and fruity, perfect for summer occasions. It’s perfect for sipping as a:
Girls night drink
Dinner party drink