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Tequila Sunrise

Embark on a vibrant journey of flavors with the Tequila Sunrise, a visually stunning cocktail that blends the warmth of tequila with the citrusy embrace of orange juice. This classic drink is perfect for those who appreciate a refreshing and visually appealing libation.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Drink Appeals To: Cocktail enthusiasts and anyone desiring a colorful and tangy beverage.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 5 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: A fruity fusion of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.

About This Recipe

The Tequila Sunrise is a timeless cocktail that not only delights the palate but also captivates the eyes with its beautiful sunrise-like layers.

Equipment Required

  1. Highball glass
  2. Bar spoon or straw


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Fill the Glass: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add Tequila and Orange Juice: Pour in the tequila, followed by the orange juice.
  3. Layer with Grenadine: Slowly pour the grenadine over the back of a bar spoon or by drizzling it down the side of the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Side Dishes

Pair your Tequila Sunrise with a plate of fresh fruit salad or beef tacos for a well-rounded experience.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed immediately to preserve the visual appeal of the layered sunrise effect.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different fruit juices or add a splash of lime juice for a citrusy twist.


For a non-alcoholic version, replace the tequila with ginger ale and the grenadine with a splash of cranberry juice. These drinks may be alternatives:

Paloma: The Paloma is a classic Mexican cocktail made with tequila, grapefruit soda (or fresh grapefruit juice and club soda), and lime juice. It’s a refreshing and citrusy option

Mexican Martini: A cocktail blending tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.


The Tequila Sunrise is not just a cocktail; it’s a work of art in a glass. Whether sipped at a summer gathering or as a personal treat, this visually striking drink brings the warmth of tequila and the brightness of citrus to every sip. ┬íSalud y amanecer tequilero! (Cheers and Tequila Sunrise!)