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Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail is a vibrant and visually stunning libation known for its layers of color reminiscent of a sunrise. Originating in the 1930s in Tijuana, Mexico, the cocktail gained popularity in the 1970s thanks to its appearance in films and its association with the laid-back California lifestyle.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) tequila

  • 120 ml (4 oz) orange juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) grenadine syrup

  • Ice cubes

  • Highball glass

  • Bar spoon

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour 60 ml (2 oz) of tequila into the glass.

  3. Slowly pour 120 ml (4 oz) of orange juice over the tequila.

  4. Using a bar spoon, carefully drizzle 15 ml (1/2 oz) of grenadine syrup into the glass. It should sink to the bottom and create a gradient effect.

  5. Do not stir; allow the layers to form naturally.

  6. Optionally, garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail offers a harmonious blend of sweet and citrusy flavors, with the boldness of tequila complemented by the refreshing taste of orange juice and the subtle sweetness of grenadine. It's a refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail that's perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

- Layering Technique: Achieving the perfect sunrise effect requires patience and a steady hand. Pour the grenadine syrup slowly over the back of a bar spoon to create distinct layers of color.

- Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality tequila and freshly squeezed orange juice to enhance the flavor of your Tequila Sunrise.

- Garnish Creativity: While the classic garnish for a Tequila Sunrise includes an orange slice and cherry, feel free to get creative and experiment with different garnishes to add your own personal touch.

- Ice Quality: To prevent dilution, consider using large ice cubes or even ice spheres when preparing your Tequila Sunrise.

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