Tequila Sunrise (cocktail)

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Tequila Sunrise
IBA Official Cocktail
Tequila Sunrise garnished with orange and cherry - Evan Swigart.jpg
Shows a Tequila Sunrise demonstrating its resemblance to a sunrise. Shown in a stemware rather than the usual highball glass
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

orange slice and cherry

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Pour the tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish and serve.

The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made in two different ways, the original (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water) and the more popular concoction (tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup). Originally served at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, where it was created by Gene Sulit in the 1930s or 1940s,[1] the cocktail is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass. The denser ingredients (cassis or grenadine) settle, creating gradations in color that mimic a sunrise. The more popular version was invented by Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice at The Trident in Sausalito, California in the early 1970s.[2]

Preparation and serving[edit]

The Tequila Sunrise is considered a long drink and is usually served in a highball glass. The International Bartender Association has designated this cocktail as an IBA Official Cocktail.

Suggested mixing: Tequila, Ice then juice and lastly syrup. The catch is getting syrup down without mixing it. Use a spoon to guide the syrup down the glass wall to the bottom of the glass with minimal mixing.


  • Aperol Sunrise – substitute Aperol orange liqueur for grenadine or crème de cassis
  • Tequila Sunset – substitute blackberry brandy, or dark rum, for grenadine
  • Caribbean Sunrise – use rum instead of tequila
  • Vodka (or Russian) Sunrise – use vodka instead of tequila
  • Southern Sunrise – use Southern Comfort instead of tequila
  • Astronaut Sunrise – use Tang instead of orange juice
  • Amaretto Sunrise – use Disaronno amaretto instead of tequila
  • Florida Sunrise – use equal measures of pineapple and orange juice
  • Red Sea Sunrise – non-alcoholic version that uses lemonade or Sprite instead of tequila
  • Enamorada Sunrise – substitute Campari for grenadine syrup
  • Colorado Sunrise – use Captain Morgan and Sunny Delight instead of tequila and orange juice
  • Bequia Sunrise – use Union Jake's Honey Brandy instead of tequila [3]

See also[edit]