Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise


  • 60ml tequila blanco
  • 120ml orange juice
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 15ml grenadine
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Orange slice and cherries


  1. Pour the tequila and the orange juice into a highball glass filled with ice.

  2. Stir lightly.

  3. Add the grenadine down the side of the glass so it sinks to the bottom.

  4. Garnish with an orange slice and cherries.


  1. Stay away from the fluorescent red grenadine found in stores. If you can, this should be the perfect opportunity to make your own.

  2. If you like this combination, feel free to experiment with other types of tequila, or even replace it altogether with another spirit (i.e.: brandy). You could also swap the grenadine for blackberry liqueur.

  3. Alternatively, you could reduce the amount of orange juice and add orange liqueur, or even add some crème de cassis as a nod to the original recipe from the 1930s.

  4. The original recipe does not contain lime juice, but we've added it in order to cut some of the sweetness from the other ingredients.

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  1. This recipe was created in the early 1970s by Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice at the Trident Bar in California. It’s a riff on the original version from the 1930s.

  2. The cocktail skyrocketed in popularity in 1972 when the Rolling Stones were about to begin their American Tour.

  3. As the story goes, while in California, Mick Jagger ordered a Margarita and was asked by Lozoff if he would like to try a Tequila Sunrise instead. Jagger agreed and loved the cocktail so much he started asking for it in every bar he went to throughout the tour. The band even nicknamed the event as “The Cocaine & Tequila Sunrise Tour”.

  4. In 1973 the Eagles released a song called Tequila Sunrise for their Desperado album. Later, in 1988 there was a movie released with the same name starring Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell.