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Tequila Sunrise is served unmixed on the rocks by first blending Tequila and orange juice, and then pouring grenadine syrup on top.

tequila sunrise cocktail recipe

Fresh and fruity, the Tequila Sunrise dates back to the 1930s when Gene Sulit of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel first combined Tequila, soda water, lime juice and liqueur. Later perfected in Sausalito, California, this citrusy ombre cocktail’s gradation in colour resembles a sunrise with the bottom red seemingly disappearing into the yellow sunrise over the horizon.

Make your own Tequila Sunrise cocktail complete with its signature red sunrise effect by following our easy recipe.

PREP TIME: ± 5min

YIELDS: 1 serving


  • 3 tots (75ml) Tequila (we recommend Leonista)
  • 6 tots (150ml) orange juice
  • 1 tot (25ml) grenadine syrup
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Garnish: cherry and orange slice


Pour the orange juice and Tequila in a glass over ice.

Add the grenadine cocktail syrup. (Do not mix the syrup with the rest of the blend as this will spoil the sunrise look.)


Garnish with a cherry and slice of orange.


Tequila is an acquired taste. For a more delicate alternative, substitute the Tequila with 1st Principles Organic Vodka.

Make sure you keep the doctor at bay and boost your vitamin C levels with a Tequila Sunrise enjoyed responsibly.


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