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Sometimes you want to drink like a nineteen-year-old with a starter moustache who thinks that Mexican food is super exotic, and for that mood, the best of the tequila drinks is the Tequila Sunrise. Juice an orange, pretend it’s 1978, and sip away.


  • 1½ Ounce tequila
  • 3 Ounces orange juice, or the juice from one medium-sized orange
  • ½ Teaspoon grenadine


Calories Per Serving147

Folate equivalent (total)26µg6%

Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Tequila sunrise is one of the most popular tequila-based cocktails that is made with only three ingredients. The color combination of this drink looks like the color during sunrises. That is why it is called the sunrise cocktail.

The original tequila sunrise was created in the year 1930. At that time it was made with tequila, creme de cassis, lime juice, and soda water. It is called the classical version.

The modern version of this drink was created in 1970 in Sausalito, California north of San Francisco. The modern version of this cocktail made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.

The tequila sunset drink also looks like this drink but don’t mix it with that. Because tequila sunset made with five ingredients where tequila sunrise recipe made with only three ingredients.

  • Ice
  • 4 thin slices orange, divided
  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine or simple syrup (see Tips)
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish (see Tips)

Fill a tall glass with ice, tucking 3 orange slices decoratively between the ice cubes and the inside of the glass. Add tequila, then top with orange juice. Pour grenadine (or simple syrup) slowly over the top of the drink. Garnish with the remaining slice of orange and a cherry, if desired.

Tips: No grenadine? No problem. To make your own homemade grenadine, combine 1/4 cup pomegranate, cherry or cranberry juice (or water if you don't have juice) and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Heat to steaming over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally cook until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Use Luxardo maraschino cherries (like the kind in the photo), if you can find them, for a sophisticated look and flavor.

How to Make a Keto Tequila Sunrise

Make the low carb grenadine syrup by adding water and sweetener (I use Lakanto) to a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook until the sweetener has dissolved and the mixture has reduced by half. Let cool fully. Mix in some pomegranate concentrate and red food dye. Set aside.

Fill four tall glasses with ice and add some tequila and the orange flavored water to each one. Stir to combine.

Slowly add a tablespoon of grenadine syrup to each glass. It will sink to the bottom, so that the top of the drink remains lighter and has a more orange hue.

Shown here with a slice of orange. I wouldn't normally suggest fresh orange to anyone on a keto diet, but if you eat it, it adds just 2g net carbs to the cocktail. The choice is yours!

This version is a lot lighter than the original, because of course it uses a water-based drink as the main ingredient, rather than orange juice. But all the flavors are there, for a fraction of the carbs – only 1g net carb per drink!

Tequila Sunrise Orange Mocktail Recipe

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Make this Tequila sunrise orange mocktail before the summer is over! This is a delicious non-alcoholic 4 ingredient, peach and orange flavored cold and refreshing drink that's not only easy to make, but also gorgeous! It can be easily adapted to suit your taste preference. This drink, my crispy tater tot breakfast casserole , German pancake and best french toast is perfect for brunch!

Can you believe summer is almost over? But there's still time to for you to make this mocktail for a Sunday family brunch. It's perfect with French toast, waffles or German pancakes.

I used Simply Orange Juice and their Peach juice to make it. I found all the ingredients to make this at Whole Foods Market. I love Simply Juices because they are GMO free, no added preservatives, colors or artificial flavors?

I'm all about whole healthy eats and drinks, even though every now and then, I love sweets. Everything in moderation though!

Simply Juices are a high quality, fresh natural juice that's never sweetened or concentrated, so its a perfect choice when making drinks that aren't overly sweet. However, if you want yours sweeter, just add more juice or soda.

You can find all the ingredients to make this mocktail from your local Whole Foods Market. If you don't have one nearby, it's still a great store to visit. You'll probably spend hours just perusing the aisles. I'm about 20 minutes away. Not bad. It's a bit of trip to get there but I don't mind.

When my husband and I went shopping at Whole Foods Market , well "I" went shopping my husband stayed in the car lol. He knew I would take forever.

When I came back to the car with my groceries, I handed him a container of spicy olives (he loves olives and anything spicy) to show how much I appreciated his patience. He has SO much patience. Bless his heart.

This orange mocktail recipe is fresh, crisp and delicious. I added a bit of Simply Peach to the tequila to help smooth out all the flavors. It's crisp, refreshing and not too sweet.

I have many other ideas for this drink. Maybe next time I'll make a strawberry version.


And here’s what is traditionally used to garnish Tequila Sunrises:

Maraschino Cherries – sold in Dan Murphys in Australia! If you can’t find them, just use normal glace cherries sold in the baking aisle of supermarkets – it won’t have the stems but they still look good!

Best tequila for a tequila sunrise

Here’s the key to how to make a good tequila sunrise: buy a good tequila! A cocktail is only as good as the alcohol you use. Look for a mid-price range tequila, since the price is typically an indicator of quality.

You can use either tequila blanco (“new or not aged) or tequila reposado (aged) in this cocktail recipe. Since it’s a pretty straightforward beachy drink, we went with tequila blanco here. But, it would be even more interesting with tequila reposado: it adds subtle notes of vanilla and oak.

Tequila Sunrise

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Drinks writer Rob Chirico says the Tequila Sunrise—a blend of tequila and orange juice, with a grenadine glow at the bottom of the glass—is a Prohibition-era cocktail invented at the Agua Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico.


  1. 1 Pour the tequila into a chilled old-fashioned glass, followed by the orange juice. Add the grenadine slowly, by dribbling it from a bar spoon. Garnish with the orange slice and serve.

How to Make a Tequila Sunrise

A bold, easy-to-make cocktail that looks damn nice, too.

freshly squeezed orange juice

  1. Shake tequila and orange juice well with cracked ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Add grenadine and stir gently, for no longer than is necessary to produce layers of oranges and reds. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (optional).

Going full cheese with your cocktail order isn't en vogue in these days of amaro and aged whiskey and low-ABV options. But to those that relish it, we salute you. With Tequila Sunrises, naturally. This classic combo of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine is kinda tacky, kinda great. Its ratio of OJ to tequila validates it as an morning-t0-night drink that isn't full-on wild&mdashbut more daring than a Screwdriver&mdashand the bright color-blocking display is striking enough to warrant oohs and aahs. Just like the sun rising over the Gulf of Mexico on a particularly beautiful morning.

The Tequila Sunrises you're familiar with are probably served over the rocks in a tall Collins glass, which is a proper construction if you're using store-bought OJ. But if you can work the juice out of some oranges, serve it up in a cocktail glass&mdashthe lighter, fresh-squeezed stuff doesn't need to be swallowed in melt water, and the ribbon of red will be more vivid.

A Little Background

The Tequila Sunrise screams the '70s, much like Mick Jagger, bare-chested, shrieking into a mic on the Stones' so-called "cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour" of 1972. A year later, the Eagles released the soft jam "Tequila Sunrise" on their Desperado album. With endorsements like that, how could the cocktail not catch on? As for its origins, an early version might've popped up near the end of Prohibition at Tijuana's Agua Caliente casino-resort-racetrack, a favorite of thirsty weekenders from LA. The version that we still sip today likely came to be at a restaurant in Sausalito, California, in the early '70s.

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The obvious sister to the Tequila Sunrise is a Screwdriver, which'll do the trick if you're short on tequila but stocked with vodka. Then there's the Mimosa with OJ and champagne, to which you can even add a teaspoon of Grand Marnier, to give it a backbone.

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