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Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger tequila
  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger grenadine syrup
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 slice orange, for garnish
  • ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Glass

Tequila Sunrise Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Stir or shake together tequila and orange juice. Fill a chilled 12 ounce glass with ice cubes; pour in orange juice mixture. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass (be patient). Garnish with a slice of orange, and a maraschino cherry.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

History of the Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

A single popular and often reported tale traces the origins of the Tequila Sunrise to the deluxe Arizona Biltmore and the early 1900's. Suposed to have been a creation of Gene Sulit, the Tequila Sunrise is a refreshing mixture of Tequila, Créme de Cassis, fresh lime juice along with splash of club soda.

Some other stories credit the development to the Tequila Sunrise to the Agua Caliente of Tijuana, Mexico in the post-Prohibition period as Californians headed south-of-the-border looking for different forms of entertainment, gambling and also relaxation.

No matter what the real origin, it is difficult to dispute the effect that modern American Culture has had on the Tequila Sunrise, be it the Eagles' 1973 hit or even the 1988 movie staring Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer. However the Tequila Sunrise, in its original form, appreciated a limited popularity and has basically disappeared from the majority of cocktail menus. These days it is very likely to be found as a mix of Tequila, grenadine and orange juice.