Tequila Sunrise just screams summer in the 70s. This gorgeous cocktail is a long drink usually served in a tall glass (Hurricane glass for best presentation), and it’s pure art because of its colors. Made with just 3 ingredients (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine) this masterpiece resembles an actual sunrise and it looks amazing. No bar tools needed, just build it in the glass. 

Tequila Sunrise is a modern cocktail, created in the early 70s, by Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice while working as bartenders at The Trident – a restaurant in Sausalito, California. The cocktail got really popular in 1972, at a private party in The Trident, organized by Bill Graham, to kick off the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour in America. Mick Jagger tried the Tequila Sunrise and really liked it, after which the band started ordering it at every stop across the country and even dubbed the tour “the cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour”. That really helped with the drink’s popularity, but it didn’t end there.

In 1973, Jose Cuervo saw the cocktail as a marketing opportunity and put the recipe on the back of their bottles. Later that year, the Eagles released a song called “Tequila Sunrise” from their “Desperado” album. All of this resulted in the drink goin’ mainstream, and to this day, the colorful tequila cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the world.


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  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) Tequila Blanco.
  2. Orange juice. (freshly squeezed for best result)
  3. ½ Ounce (15 ml) Grenadine.
  4. Orange and cherry for garnish.



  1. Fill a highball, a Collins, or a Hurricane glass with ice.
  2. Add tequila followed by orange juice.
  3. Slowly pour the grenadine and let it sink to the bottom and form a layer.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
  5. Enjoy.

If it seems difficult, we have another way, which might be easier:

Just add the grenadine first, then tequila, and then fill the glass with ice. Now pour the orange juice slowly over the ice and the layer should form itself. Garnish and enjoy.


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