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Tequila sunrise in two glasses on a blue tray.

Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise is a picture-perfect cocktail with a rock 'n roll history. Serve it poolside, at parties, and any time you are craving a sweet sunrise.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 194kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces 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)
  • Half orange slice and maraschino 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: Silver, Anejo, Reposado, it all works. 100% agave is best.
  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 maraschino 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. Glassware: The more dynamic, the better. Tall glasses really show off the sunrise.
  7. Tequila Sunset: Some variations use grapefruit juice instead of orange juice. Other recipes call for raspberry Chambord, crème de cacao, or even blackberry brandy drizzled over the drink instead grenadine, giving the drink a darker, purplish hue that resembles a sunset.
  8. Tequila Screwdriver: Make it with tequila, orange juice, and a pinch of salt (no grenadine).
  9. Grenadine substitute: Feel free to experiment with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, a splash of cranberry juice, or raspberry syrup instead.


Serving: 1cocktail | 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