Tequila Sunrise

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)


Tequila Sunrise Recipe: This sweet refreshing cocktail is easy to make ,and even easier to drink! It tastes as good as it looks, and only has 3 ingredients!

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There’s a wide assortment of summer drinks on my site that can brighten up your table, and wet your whistle.  But, perhaps the easiest of all to make is the Tequila Sunrise. Known for its fun, light colors and simple ingredients, this drink was originally made famous by The Rolling Stones. It has enjoyed popularity at summertime BBQs ever since. This Tequila Sunrise recipe perfect as is, or adapt to a pitcher/punch for summer entertaining!

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What Does a Tequila Sunrise Taste Like?

Never had a Tequila Sunrise before? You’re truly in for a refreshing treat. The Tequila Sunrise cocktail has a bright, citrusy taste. This is one case where you can definitely judge a book by it’s cover; the lively red and orange colors are a great hint as to the taste of this drink. The sweetness of grenadine combines with the tang of orange juice to make a cocktail that’s fresh and fruity.

Tequila Sunrise Ingredients

Wondering what is in a tequila sunrise? We can count the ingredients on one hand!  All you’ll need is ice, tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.  Tequila and orange juice is such a classic combination. You can also garnish with orange slices and/or maraschino cherries. The drink is typically served in a highball glass, but feel free to get creative with serving containers and garnishes. In fact,there might not be a more perfect drink out there to put a fun umbrella ,or drink sword in than the Tequila Sunrise.

tequila sunrise recipe

Tequila Sunrise Recipe

Begin by filling a glass with the desired amount of ice (typically you’ll fill it at least halfway full). Pour in the tequila, then the orange juice. Next, you’ll pour the grenadine in. It is your choice to stir it up, or not! Part of the classic Tequila Sunrise look is the separated orange and red layers from the orange juice and the grenadine. One tip to keep the layers separate:  Pour the grenadine syrup carefully down the side of the glass or over the back of a spoon so it doesn’t splash but rather gathers at the bottom.  You can also stir it up if you’d like. Finally, finish by garnishing with an orange slice and/or cherries. To adjust the taste, include more orange juice for a tangier cocktail, or increase the amount of grenadine to make the drink sweeter.

What Type of Tequila Is Best For a Tequila Sunrise Drink?

There are many tequila options on the market. Some tequilas are better for sipping ,while other go better in cocktails. For this Tequila Sunrise drink, I recommend either a Blanco tequila (which typically has a fresh and fruity taste) or a Silver tequila (the most common tequila found in margaritas). Reposados and anejos are tequilas that are aged in barrels (typically whiskey barrels for several years), and they are most often drank on their own. Whatever tequila you choose, ensure you’re choosing a tequila that is 100% agave.

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What Is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a syrup available in the mixers section of your grocery store. I found mine near the cocktail mixes/tonic waters.  It adds a wonderful sweetness and gorgeous color to cocktails like this one.  I also use it in my non alcoholic Shirley Temple. Traditionally, grenadine was made with pomegranate juice, ,and it still has that flavor.

How Many Calories Are In a Tequila Sunrise Cocktail?

One serving has about 235 calories.It’s important to understand that most of these calories come from the orange juice and grenadine; tequila itself has no carbs and only about 69 calories per ounce. So if you’re looking to minimize calories, consider a low-calorie or reduced sugar orange juice. You can also reduce the grenadine to taste.

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How to Make a Tequila Sunrise Pitcher

If you’re expecting friends for brunch, you’ll probably want to make a large pitcher of Tequila Sunrise cocktails. Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand, especially if it’s a hot day (this drink is best consumed chilled). However big your pitcher is, you’ll want to keep the 1:2 tequila-to-orange juice ratio the same. If you measure in cups instead of ounces, this means you’ll want one cup of tequila for every two cups of orange juice.

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How to Make Tequila Sunrise Punch

Our favorite way to make a Tequila Sunrise Punch is to substitute pineapple juice for some of the orange juice. For a bowl of this delicious cocktail punch, use two cups tequila, three cups of orange juice and one cup of pineapple juice. To kick up the flavor even more, consider adding champagne or even a splash of coconut rum!

What’s the Best Breakfast to Serve with a Tequila Sunrise?

If you choose this tequila sunrise cocktail drink as your go-to brunch drink you’re best off going with salty or savory pairings. Breakfast foods like omelets or foods with a hint of Mexican flair such as breakfast burritos with chorizo, huevos rancheros, or even a spicy breakfast hash are your best bets.

 how to make a tequila sunrise

What is the Difference Between a Tequila Sunrise and a Tequila Sunset?

Some argue that a true Tequila Sunset has the same ingredients as the original Tequila Sunrise, but with a splash of soda water mixed with grenadine to give the drink a red hue at the top instead of the bottom. Others say the Sunset is made by replacing the grenadine with a blackberry brandy. Still others, use a mix of pineapple, mango and orange juice, a pairing of lemon and honey, or even prickly cactus pear juice! Your imagination is your limit when creating a tasty and delicious Tequila Sunset.

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Tequila Sunrise

his sweet refreshing cocktail is easy to make ,and even easier to drink! It tastes as good as it looks, and only has 3 ingredients!
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make a tequila sunrise, tequila sunrise, tequila sunrise recipe
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 235kcal
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  • 4 Ounces Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Tequila
  • 1/2-1 Ounce Grenadine
  • Ice Cubes
  • Orange Slices and Maraschino Cherries If Desired To Garnish


  • Add ice cubes to a large glass. Pour in orange juice and tequila.
  • Add in grenadine.
  • If desired garnish with orange slice and a maraschino cherry.


Calories: 235kcal
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Tequila Sunrise Adapted via Averie Cooks

Whatever you choose to put into your Tequila Sunrise, Tequila Sunrise Punch, or a Tequila Sunset, this drink is sure to be the hit of your next summertime party or BBQ. This fresh and fruity cocktail has a rich past, and just like it’s colors, is sure to enjoy a bright future.

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What do you think of this Tequila Sunrise? What is you favorite brunch drink?