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2 glasses of tequila sunrise.

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail is a colorful, picture-perfect drink with a rock 'n roll history. Serve it poolside, at parties, and any time you are craving a sweet sunrise, no fancy bar equipment required.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 194kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces of tequila (see note 1)
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice optional (see note 2)
  • 4 ounces orange juice (see note 3)
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine (see note 4)
  • Seltzer water optional (see note 5)
  • Orange wheel and cocktail cherry, for garnish


  • Fill a collins glass (or other tall glass) with ice. Add tequila, lime juice (if using), and orange juice. Stir.
  • Pour grenadine down a spoon and let it rise from the bottom of the glass. Do not stir. Top with seltzer water (if using) and garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherry.



  1. Tequila: Choose tequila blanco, aka silver tequila, which has not been aged. This lighter tequila is great for mixed drinks.
  2. Lime juice: Purely optional, but oh, so amazing.  Tequila and lime are best buds.
  3. Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed, if you can. It really makes a huge difference in a simple cocktail like this one.
  4. Grenadine: That little bottle of red, sugary pomegranate-flavored cherry syrup that is part of a well-stocked bar? That's the "sunrise." The syrup sinks to the bottom of the glass, giving the cocktail a rosy hue and some sweetness.
  5. Soda or seltzer water: Look for an unsweetened, bubbly soda. Optional, but lightens the drink up from syrupy to ahhh, refreshing!
  6. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail as Tequila Sunrise drinks are best crafted one at a time, by hand. There isn't really a way to see the grenadine float across the top of the glass if you make them in a big batch or in a blender.


Serving: 1 cocktail | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 227mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg