Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise got many fans around the world due to its beautiful color and appearance resembling a sunrise. It’s the perfect cocktail for people who prefer lying at the beach, relaxing in a sun chair, who want to enjoy an exotic tasty drink, with a sweet taste in the end.

This is by far one of the prettiest and easiest classic cocktails to make. The drink is made with three simple ingredients; Tequila as main spirit, Orange juice as mixer and red syrup, which provide the cocktail with its signature look, if added correctly.
Follow the recipe below and learn how to create this cocktail without mixing the ingredients together, but keeping it fresh and pretty.

We recommend going with which ever Tequila you got, as the Orange juice dominates the drink. We do like Silver tequila and something made with 100% Agave is the best, like Jose Cuervo Tradicional. Neverthelss Jose Cuervo Especial and the less expensive brands like Sierra work just as well. You should instead focus on getting a good fresh orange juice. We recommend squeezing it yourself, however pre-made fresh-squeezed works great as well.


  • 4.00 cl Tequila
  • 10.00 cl Fresh Orange juice
  • 1.00 cl Rose's Grenadine
  • Ice
  • Highball or Hurricane Glass


  1. Put ice cubes into a hurricane/highball glass.
  2. Pour in the Tequila.
  3. Pour in the freshly squeezed orange juice.
  4. Stir well to mix and cool down the drink.
  5. Add Rose's Granadine into a measurement cup or shot glass.
  6. Before adding the Granadine shot, turn the glass towards yourself.
  7. Slowly pour in grenadine and allow it to settle at the bottom of the glass before serving.
  8. Depending on how skilled/lucky you are, you might need to adjust your "sunset" a bit by stirring a bit with a straw.


There are many different stories behind the origins of the Tequila sunrise. Some say that it was used as a welcome drink in the 1950’s for tourists in Cancun and Arizona, others give credit to Gene Suit who already by the 1930’s was bartending, and apparently serving the drink at the hotel bar in Arizona. Others recognize Bobby Lazoff & Billy Rice, who used orange in their version in the late 1970’s, in Sausalito during the tequila craze as the true creators of the drink we enjoy today as the Tequila Sunrise. All we know for sure is that the drink is as popular as ever.

Tequila sunrise in hurricane glass
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