Tequila Sunrise

Oct 27, 2023

 

Tequila Sunrise

Although born in Tijuana, Mexico, in the (or in Arizona, depending on the story you hear) 1930s, the Tequila Sunrise first gained popularity in a bar called the Trident in Sausalito, California, in the 1970s. There are epic stories of the Rolling Stones visiting this bar north of San Francisco, being introduced to the cocktail and taking it on an infamous concert tour. Another patron of the bar was Don Henley of the Eagles, "Just another Tequila Sunrise" anyone? They brought the Sunrise into the cocktail culture of the time, and although it lost its lustre in the 1980s, it has had a resurgence in this new popular cocktail culture. Enjoy the beauty of this pretty tequila treat, or try its opposite charm, the Tequila Sunset.
Keyword: Brunch, Tequila

Materials

  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila Try Olmeca
  • 4 oz Orange juice Preferably without pulp
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz Grenadine syrup

Instructions

  • Fill 3/4 of a tall glass with cubed or crushed ice.
  • Pour in tequila and orange juice.
  • Slowly pour the grenadine down the side of the glass and let settle.
  • Admire the beautiful layered cocktail.
  • Stir and enjoy!

Notes

  • Try Reposado instead of Blanco for a earthy twist.
  • For a fun, spicy twist, reduce the orange juice to 2 oz; then add 2 oz mango nectar and 1/2 tsp habanero sauce.
  • If you don't have Grenadine you can use maraschino cherry juice, pomegranate juice or make you own using a recipe like this from Aimee Mann Living.
  • You can make a Tequila Sunset by substituting Crème de Cassis for the Grenadine.

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