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Tequila Sunrise

tequila sunrise cocktail
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The Tequila Sunrise cocktail, with its bright striations of color, evokes a summer sunrise. This classic drink has only three ingredients—tequila, grenadine and orange juice—and is served unmixed to preserve the color of each layer.

The Tequila Sunrise was created by Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice in Sausalito, California. The cocktail achieved notoriety after Mick Jagger began drinking it and The Rolling Stones dubbed their 1972 tour “the cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour.” The drink has been a part of the cocktail canon ever since.


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  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: cherry


  1. Add the tequila and then the orange juice to a chilled highball glass filled with ice.

  2. Top with the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect.

  3. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.