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Tequila Sunrise

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The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made in two different ways, the original (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water) and the more popular concoction (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup). Originally served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the cocktail is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass. The denser ingredients (cassis or grenadine) settle, creating gradations in color that mimic a sunrise.

Left: Tequila Sunrise.

The Tequila Sunrise is considered a long drink and is usually served in a highball glass.

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Ingredients

  • 4.5 cl (3 parts) Tequila
  • 9.0 cl (6 parts) Orange juice
  • 1.5 cl (1 part) Grenadine syrup

Preparation Method

Pour the tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish and serve.

Serving Suggestion


Serve in a highball glass, on the rocks; poured over ice, garnished with orange slice and cherry.




  • Aperol Sunrise substitute Aperol orange liqueur for grenadine or crème de cassis
  • Tequila Sunset substitute blackberry brandy for grenadine
  • Caribbean Sunrise use rum instead of tequila
  • Vodka Sunrise use vodka instead of tequila
  • Southern Sunrise use Southern Comfort instead of tequila
  • Astronaut Sunrise use Tang instead of orange juice
  • Diet Version use cranberry juice instead of grenadine
  • Amaretto Sunrise - use Di Saronno amaretto instead of tequila


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