Tequila sunrise

Tequila sunrise is a popular cocktail made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine which gives it a layered sunrise effect, typically served over ice. This fruity and refreshing drink is perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening or at any festive occasion.

Tequila sunrise recipe

  • 4.5 cl (3 parts) tequila
  • 9 cl (6 parts) orange juice
  • 1.5 cl (1 part) grenadine syrup

Pour the tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Stir gently to create the sunrise effect. Garnish and serve.

Directions for how to make the Tequila sunrise

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Pour 4.5 cl of tequila into the glass.
  3. Add 9 cl of orange juice to the glass.
  4. Slowly pour in 1.5 cl of grenadine syrup, allowing it to sink to the bottom of the glass.
  5. Stir the drink gently, creating a gradual blend of the grenadine and other ingredients.
  6. Add a slice of orange and a cherry to garnish the drink.
  7. Serve and enjoy your delicious Tequila sunrise!

Tips for how to make the perfect Tequila sunrise

  • Use high quality tequila for the best flavor. Blanco or reposado tequila work well in a Tequila sunrise.

  • Add the ingredients in the correct order: ice, tequila, orange juice, and then grenadine. This will create the signature sunrise effect in the glass.

  • Use fresh squeezed orange juice for the best flavor. Avoid using juice from concentrate or pre-bottled juice.

  • Shake the tequila and orange juice with ice in a cocktail shaker before pouring over fresh ice in the glass. This helps to blend the flavors together.

  • Use a barspoon to slowly pour the grenadine down the inside of the glass. This will create the desired sunrise effect.

  • Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and a cherry for a beautiful presentation.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Tequila sunrise

One possible alcohol-free alternative to the tequila sunrise is a Virgin Sunrise. The Virgin Sunrise is made with orange juice, grenadine syrup and ginger ale. To make a Virgin Sunrise, follow these instructions:


  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup
  • 3 oz ginger ale
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add orange juice and grenadine syrup, and shake well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice.
  4. Add ginger ale and stir gently.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

The Virgin Sunrise is a refreshing and fruity drink that is perfect for those who prefer to avoid alcohol. It has a similar appearance and taste to the tequila sunrise, but without the alcohol.

Tequila sunrise fun facts

  1. Tequila sunrise was created in the 1930s in Arizona by a bartender at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

  2. The drink gets its name from the way the orange juice and grenadine mixture looks when it is poured into the tequila and ice mixture. It resembles a sunrise.

  3. Mick Jagger is rumored to have been the first one to introduce tequila sunrise to the rock and roll scene.

  4. The Eagles wrote a song called “Tequila Sunrise” in 1973, which became a chart-topping hit.

  5. The International Bartenders Association has an official recipe for tequila sunrise, which includes tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. However, it is a versatile drink, which can be altered to taste with the addition of other fruit juices and flavors.