This Tequila Sunrise recipe is made with simple ingredients without compromising any of the flavors.
Sip on this to relax at the end of the day or play bartender and impress your family and friends.
What is a Tequila Sunrise
Tequila sunrise gets its name from the layered look of the shades of orange and red from the orange juice and grenadine.
The layered effect of the Tequila Sunrise is achieved when the grenadine is added slowly, so speed isn't your friend with this drink.
It's the perfect fun drink to drink on a warm day or to have brunch with your friends. The tanginess of the orange juice and the sweetness of the grenadine syrup paired with the flavor of tequila is truthfully what makes this drink recipe go down smoothly with each sip.
You'll see this drink option on the menu at most restaurants and bars, and for good reason. It's easy to enjoy as an after-dinner drink or simply sip while you're patiently waiting for your meal.
Tequila Sunrise Ingredients
Easy ingredients like these prove that the quality of the ingredients really does matter!
Here is what you'll need to make this:
- Tequila: use your favorite brand.
- Fresh orange juice: purchase at the store or squeeze your own.
- Grenadine syrup: makes the layered look of this cocktail.
- Ice: essential for serving.
- Orange slice: optional for garnish.
- Maraschino cherry: another fun and delicious garnish.
Make sure to grab the measurements in the printable recipe below!
How to make a Tequila Sunrise
One of my favorite things about making a Tequila Sunrise at home is that it's a pretty straightforward process.
- Add ice
Fill a large glass with ice. Add the tequila and orange juice, and give it a stir.
- Pour the grenadine
Slowly pour in the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom, creating a layered effect.
Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
How strong is a tequila sunrise
A typical Tequila Sunrise isn't a very strong drink since the 1 ½ ounces of tequila are mixed with plenty of orange juice and sweetened with grenadine.
You can make it stronger by adding more tequila and weaker by diluting it with a little bit more orange juice.
What type of tequila is in a tequila sunrise
The best part about a tequila sunrise is that it doesn't require any particular type of tequila; and since the orange juice and grenadine sweeten up the drink, you also don't need to spend a lot of money either.
Tequila sunrise vs tequila sunset?
They're ALMOST the same drink but do have one big difference. The "sunset" is where the red hue sits at the top of the glass. This is achieved by adding some soda water on top of the orange juice before you add the grenadine.
This way, the grenadine syrup doesn't sink to the bottom, and it mixes with the soda water instead.
With a tequila sunrise, the red hue is t the bottom of the glass since the syrup is denser than the juice, and it will sink.
Recommended Tequilas for this Cocktail
Tequila Sunrise Recipe
- 1 ½ oz tequila
- 4 ounces (½ cup) fresh orange juice
- ¼ oz grenadine
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Maraschino cherry, for garnish
- Fill a large glass with ice. Add the Mezcal and orange juice, and give it a stir.
- Slowly pour in the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom, creating a layered effect.
- Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.