Tequila Sunrise

Drink Type: Cocktail



Build in a highball glass and add ice cubes. Pour in grenadine slowly and allow to settle before drinking. Stir to complete your sunrise.

When you hear the term Tequila Sunrise, there are several things that may come to mind. Maybe you think of the 1973 Eagles hit or the 1998 movie of the same name. Wrestling fans who follow wrestling may even know it as a certain wrestler’s finishing move.

But, drinkers know it as a cocktail that is oh so good.

The Tequila Sunrise was first served to customers at the Arizona Biltmore. It was given its name because, after it’s poured into a glass and the layers of its ingredients settle, it looks much like the colors you’d see in a beautiful morning sunrise.

The cocktail, which is often presented in a highball glass, can be made in one of two ways. The original concoction consists of club soda, lime juice, crème de cassis, and, of course, tequila. Today’s more popular version mixes up grenadine, orange juice, and tequila.

If you want to be adventurous and try something a little different, there are also a few variations on the Tequila Sunrise that are every bit as tasty as the original. For those of you watching your waistline, forget the grenadine and add cranberry juice instead.

Vodka lovers can make a Vodka Sunrise by nixing the Tequila and adding their favorite vodka. Don’t have grenadine on hand, but have some blackberry brandy? Then mix yourself up a Tequila Sunset. Even Tang lovers can have a drink to love. Add Tang instead of OJ and have yourself an Astronaut Sunrise.