The Tequila Sunrise Cocktail was born in Tijuana in the 1920s. After prohibition ended, the recipe was brought north of the border and to this day it can be found on the majority of American bar menus. It remains one of the most well known and well loved cocktails, not only for its great taste but for its one-of-a-kind presentation. As the denser ingredient, grenadine slowly settles in the glass, it creates gradations in color that mimic a sunrise.
My advice for a really good Tequila Sunrise is to buy really good Orange Juice – it is the predominate ingredient. If you have more patience and time than me, nothing beats fresh squeezed. If you are like me, I try to buy the next best thing. I recommend “Simply Orange” orange juice for a really good cocktail. Be sure to use white or blanco tequila and fresh lime (not the kind found in the green plastic).
Tequila Sunrise Recipe and Directions (Makes 1 drink):
- Half fill a 12-ounce glass with cracked ice.
- Add 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 ounces tequila, and fresh lime juice to taste.
- Stir the drink well.
- Drizzle 1 teaspoon grenadine over the drink, but do not stir it
- Garnish the drink with a slice of lime.