Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

The tantalizing tequila sunrise cocktail delivers in so many ways! Not only is it pretty but the combination of the tequila, orange juice, and grenadine makes it so delicious. Now, imagine sipping one of these by the poolside.

A tulip glass is in front of two other glasses filled with the tequila sunrisePin

Yum.  I wish I knew how many of these tequila sunrise cocktails I’ve made in my career as a bartender. Let’s just say it is a LOT.

One of the things I love about this cocktail other than it being delicious is how incredibly pretty it is.  It always wows your guests when you serve it to them.

Want to learn more about tequila? Read my comprehensive guide here.

Do you have to serve this drink in a tulip glass?

No! You don’t. They just look really cool in the tulip glass. In the photos below you will see a variety of glassware. Each pieces showcases this delicious cocktail in its own way!

Why is this drink called a tequila sunrise?

Because it looks like a sunrise. Whether you drink it just as it looks above or you stir it up as I did below, it still looks like a very pretty sunrise in the summertime!

The colorful cocktail stirred so the colors meldPin

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Helpful tips

  • Although I almost always use premium liquor in my cocktails, this cocktail doesn’t require premium. The reason is there is a good amount of juice in this cocktail so the nuance of premium over mid range would be not pronounced.
  • You don’t have to use a cocktail shaker, you can just pour the ingredients in the glass. I prefer the shaker because of the ice chips that result when you shake a cocktail, and it makes for a colder drink.
  • You can use more than 4 ounces of orange juice, but don’t use more than 6 ounces because it will dilute the cocktail too much.
  • I used an orange juice with pulp, but just know you will see it in the drink.
  • If you use a big glass and you’ve hit the 6 ounce mark in juice, just add more ice.
  • This cocktail is made in a tulip glass but use whatever you have on hand.

How to make the tequila sunrise

Pre-step

Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Get a measuring glass and glassware.

Other than the grenadine, after measuring each ingredient below, pour it into the shaker.

Step one

The ingredients – Patron Silver tequila, orange juice and grenadine.  (1)

Step two

Measure 2 ounces of tequila. (2)

Tequila, orange juice and grenadine poured out for the cocktailPin

Step three

Measure 4 ounces of orange juice. (3)

Step four

Measure 1/2 ounce of grenadine. Set aside.  (4)

Step five

Cap your shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Pour the contents into the glass. (This is when I adjust the ice cubes. I use the ice left in the shaker if needed. You want the mixture to be a quarter of an inch from the top of the glass.)

Step six

Prepare your garnish: three maraschino cherries and an orange slice. I use my much loved martini pick to skewer the cherries, alternating the colors!

Cherries on a skewer and an orange slice in a small white plate and a shot glass of grenadine and a glass with the cocktailPin

Step seven

Pour the Grenadine shot slowly down the inside of the glass. The grenadine will sink to the bottom.  See?

Grenadine poured into the glass and the garnish is in the backgroundPin

Step eight

Garnish the cocktail and serve.

Garnish in the glasses of the tequila sunrise - tulip glass in frontPin

The photo below shows a double old fashioned glass filled with the tequila sunrise cocktail. You can see the martini glass in the background.

Notice that the grenadine will start rising up the orange juice. You can also see I use orange juice with pulp.

Rocks glass in front with the other two cocktails are in the backgroundPin

And the vertical view!

Vertical view of the tulip glass in front filled with the tequila sunrisePin

I hope you enjoyed this tequila sunrise cocktail recipe and will make it very soon; it is so delicious!

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

This refreshing and delicious tequila sunrise cocktail recipe is great for any gathering.  It is easy, beautiful and delicious!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: tequila sunrise cocktail, tequila sunrise recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 260kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces of orange juice 4 – 6 ounces depending on the size of your glass
  • 1/2 ounce of Grenadine

Garnish

Instructions

  • Fill a shaker half way with ice
  • Add tequila and orange juice. Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds
    2 ounces tequila, 4 ounces of orange juice
  • Fill tulip glass half way with ice
  • Pour contents of shaker in your glass of choice and add ice if needed to fill the glass
  • Measure 1/2 ounce of grenadine and pour it down the inside of the glass
    1/2 ounce of Grenadine
  • Add garnish
    1/2 orange slice, 3 maraschino cherries
  • Serve
  • Sip
  • Enjoy
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Notes

I love drinking this tequila sunrise cocktail in a tulip glass but you can use any glass you want.
Tips for making the tequila sunrise:
  • Although I almost always use premium liquor in my cocktails, this cocktail doesn’t require premium.  The reason being there is a good amount of juice in this cocktail so the nuance of premium over mid range would be not pronounced
  • You don’t have to use a cocktail shaker, you can just pour the ingredients in the glass.  I prefer the shaker because of the ice chips that is a result when you shake a cocktail, and it makes for a colder drink
  • You can use more than 4 ounces of orange juice, but don’t use more than 6 ounces because it will dilute it too much
  • I used an orange juice with pulp, but just know you will see it in the drink
  • If you use a big glass and you’ve hit the 6 ounce mark in juice, just add more ice
  • This cocktail is made in a tulip glass but use whatever you have on hand

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 283mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 74.3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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This was originally published on February of 2016.

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18 Comments

  1. We have such beautiful weather today in the UK, so this cocktail would do very nicely! Bookmarking the recipe to make it for the summer parties!

  2. So beautiful, and a great wonderful tutorial on how to get that perfect layered look! Our community pool just opened and sadly we can’t bring alcohol. Boo. BUT, I do envision myself sipping one of these on my patio!

  3. Ooooh I can definitely see myself drinking this cocktail by the poolside. The beach would work, too. It’s such a pretty and tasty cocktail, I love it!

  4. This cocktail is so lovely Lainey! I am in love with these shots! It makes my mouth water just looking at them! Nicely done!