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Tequila Sunrise Shot

tequila sunrise shot

Learn about the Tequila Sunrise Shot, a tasty and colorful explosion that adds vibrancy to any occasion. This little drink is a mini version of the classic Tequila Sunrise, but don’t let its size fool you. It packs a flavorful punch that’s perfect for parties or whenever you want to add a bit of fun. I love recommending it because it’s simple to make, looks fantastic, and has a sweet, citrusy flavor that everyone seems to enjoy.

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Tasting Notes

A Tequila Sunrise Shot is a delightful mix of sweet and tart with a smooth tequila base. The grenadine syrup adds a sweet, deep red layer at the bottom, which blends into the orange juice, creating a beautiful sunrise effect. The orange juice’s freshness balances the tequila’s warmth, making each sip a harmonious blend of flavors.

Equipment and Glassware

You’ll need a few basic items to make this shot:

  • Shot glasses
  • A spoon or cocktail stirrer
  • A measuring jigger

To get the full effect, use clear shot glasses. This way, you can see the beautiful color gradient that gives the Tequila Sunrise Shot its name.


For each shot, you’ll need:

  • ½ oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. of orange juice
  • ¼ oz. grenadine, or to taste


  1. Pour the tequila into the shot glass.
  2. Add the orange juice on top of the tequila. Do this slowly to keep the layers separate.
  3. Carefully pour the grenadine into the glass. It should sink to the bottom, creating a red layer.
  4. Serve immediately to enjoy the sunrise effect!
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Pro Tips

  • Pour the grenadine slowly along the side of the glass or over the back of a spoon to achieve the perfect layering.
  • Chill your ingredients beforehand for a refreshing shot.
  • If you want a smoother blend of flavors, gently stir the shot before serving.

When to Serve

Tequila Sunrise Shots are perfect for any celebration. They’re a hit at summer barbecues, birthday parties, or any event where you want to add a fun and colorful drink option.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Pick a tequila that falls somewhere in the middle of the price range for the best taste shot. Brands like Espolòn, Herradura Silver, or El Jimador are great choices that won’t break the bank but still taste great.

Similar Cocktails

If you like the Tequila Sunrise Shot, you might also enjoy:

  • Classic Tequila Sunrise: The larger cousin to the shot, it layers tequila, orange juice, and grenadine in a highball glass for a refreshing and visually stunning drink.
  • Margarita: A timeless cocktail that blends tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, served on the rocks or blended with a salted rim, offering a tangy and slightly sweet flavor profile.
  • Paloma: A popular Mexican cocktail that combines tequila with grapefruit soda (or grapefruit juice and soda water), served on the rocks with a lime wedge, offering a refreshing and slightly tart taste.
  • Mexican Mule: A tequila-based twist on the classic Moscow Mule, this cocktail mixes tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer, served in a copper mug for a spicy and refreshing drink.
  • Sangrita: Though traditionally a non-alcoholic chaser for straight tequila, it can be mixed with tequila to create a cocktail. It combines orange juice, tomato juice, lime, and spicy elements, offering a unique balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
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These cocktails share a similar base of tequila and offer a variety of flavors ranging from sweet to tart.


The Tequila Sunrise shot takes its inspiration from the Tequila Sunrise cocktail, which originated in the 1930s or 1940s in Arizona. The cocktail became famous in the 1970s, known for its distinctive layered appearance, and the shot version follows this tradition in a fun, party-friendly form.

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Tequila Sunrise Shot

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tequila Sunrise Shot
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy a vibrant Tequila Sunrise Shot. A mix of tequila, orange juice, & grenadine, it's the perfect party starter with a stunning visual appeal.



  • Gather your ingredients. You will need silver tequila, fresh-squeezed orange juice, grenadine syrup, and ice.
  • Rim a tall shot glass with salt by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into coarse salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Pour 1/2 oz of tequila over the ice.
  • Add 1 oz of fresh-squeezed orange juice to the glass.
  • Slowly pour a splash of grenadine syrup over the back of a spoon into the glass. This will create the sunrise effect.
  • Garnish with an orange wedge and maraschino cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy your Tequila Sunrise Shot!
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Tequila Sunrise Shot
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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