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Tequila Sunrise

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The Tequila Sunrise is a unique drink that stands out because of its bright colors and cool taste. This drink looks great and tastes great too. The drink has made many people happy while I’ve been working as a bartender. A lot of people like it because it has sweet, sour, and tequila tastes. With the Tequila Sunrise, you can enjoy some sunshine whether you’re at home or throwing a party.

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Tasting Notes

The Tequila Sunrise is a perfect balance of flavors. The rich, smooth flavor of tequila will come on after the sweet and tangy orange juice. The grenadine syrup adds a hint of pomegranate sweetness, creating a layered drink that’s as delightful to sip as it is to look at. Its finish is smooth, leaving a warm, citrusy aftertaste.


  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 3 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine Syrup
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour the tequila and orange juice into the glass.
  3. Slowly add the grenadine, which will settle at the bottom, creating a sunrise effect.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
  5. Stir before drinking to blend the beautiful layers.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for the best taste.
  • Pour the grenadine slowly to achieve the perfect sunrise effect.
  • Adjust the amount of grenadine to control the sweetness.

When to Serve

The Tequila Sunrise is perfect for any occasion. It’s a hit at brunches, pool parties, and evening gatherings. Its vibrant look and refreshing taste make it ideal for celebrating, relaxing, or just enjoying a beautiful day.

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Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Tequila Sunrise, go for a quality tequila. Brands like Jose Cuervo, Patron Silver, or Don Julio Blanco are excellent choices. These tequilas blend well with the other ingredients, making your drink smooth and enjoyable.

Similar Cocktails

If you love the Tequila Sunrise, you might also enjoy these similar cocktails:

  • Margarita: A classic cocktail with tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau.
  • Paloma: A refreshing mix of tequila and grapefruit soda.
  • Mimosa: Swap tequila for champagne for a fruity brunch option.
  • Hurricane: A vibrant, sweet cocktail made with rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine.
  • Screwdriver: Just vodka and orange juice, simple and sweet.


The Tequila Sunrise has a groovy history, dating back to the 1970s in California. It gained fame in the rock ‘n’ roll scene, becoming a symbol of laid-back, sunny vibes. Its stunning appearance and easy-to-love flavor made it a staple in bars worldwide.

Enjoy crafting your Tequila Sunrise, and remember, the best part about cocktails is making them your own. Cheers to a drink that brings a bit of sunshine to any moment!

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Tequila Sunrise

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruity drinks, tequila sunrise
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Awaken your senses with a Tequila Sunrise. This drink is a beautiful blend of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine that tastes great too.


  • To start off, pour the tequila into your glass over the ice
  • Next, add the orange juice to help the ingredients blend together
  • Pour in the syrup
  • Stir very gently to get the sunrise effect, or simply leave the syrup to settle at the bottom of the glass
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Tequila Sunrise
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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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