Tequila Sunrise

The original Tequila Sunrise was created in the early 1940s and was made with creme de cassis and soda water in place of the modern orange juice and grenadine version we know today.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

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The tequila sunrise is a classic cocktail made by layering tequila, orange juice and grenadine.


  • 1-1/2 to 2 ounces tequila, see notes
  • 3 to 4 ounces of orange juice
  • Grenadine
  • Orange slices for garnish


  • Fill a sugar-rimmed serving glass with ice. Add the tequila first, then fill to within 1/2-inch of the top with orange juice. Slowly drizzle with grenadine, allowing it to sink to the bottom of the drink to create the layered, sunrise effect. Garnish with orange slices.

Tips for Making This Recipe

How much tequila and orange juice you use will depend on the size of your glass. Use the larger quantity if you're using a highball glass, the smaller quantity if you're using a rocks glass.
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