Recipe Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

How to prepare the best Tequila Sunrise? Preparation time5 min Number of people: 1


  • 60 ml of tequila.
  • 100 ml of orange juice.
  • 15 ml of grenadine.
  • A whole orange slice.



  • Long glass of the “long drink” type.

This is one of the most consumed and most appreciated tequila cocktails by lovers of fine cocktails. It is a very colorful combination, which owes its name to the sunrise, from where it takes its orange and reddish colors. It is a simple recipe, perfect to surprise friends and family during a dinner.

Unlike other cocktails, the main characteristic of the Tequila Sunrise is not its flavor or aroma, but its color. In fact, the most important thing to prepare it is to control how the ingredients are added to obtain the right visual effect, with the grenadine at the bottom and the orange juice at the top, creating that gradient effect that simulates a sunrise.

The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail that became very popular in the 30s and 40s of the last century. According to the story, it was created at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa hotel in Phoenix. A regular hotel guest asked bartender Gene Sulit if he could make her a refreshing tequila cocktail that he could enjoy by the pool. Sulit surprised him with a combination of tequila and orange juice that he called Tequila Sunrise, since the colors closely resembled those of a sunrise. 

However, the real popularity of this cocktail came in the 1970s, when the rock group The Eagles included a song named after this colorful cocktail on their second album, Desperado. In 1998, the song was included in the movie Conexión Tequila, further increasing the popularity of this drink among the people.

The original cocktail was made with Creme de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, which was replaced by grenadine, since this ingredient is much easier to find. On the other hand, orange juice is one of the most recurrent ingredients in cocktails, since in addition to its great flavor, it includes a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins, as well as mineral salts, which helps to recover from losses of liquids.

This cocktail must be prepared inside the glass, which must be a tall glass, type “Long Drink” or cubata glass. In this sense, it should be filled with ice almost to the top. Next, pour the tequila and orange juice at the same time, until it is half a finger from the edge. Quickly add the grenadine to one of the edges of the glass carefully, so that it falls to the bottom and creates these nuances of color. Finally, decorate with a slice of orange that will simulate the sun and serve.

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