How to Make the Best Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

Tequila Sunrise cocktail is sunny blend of orange juice and tequila. Grenadine is slowly poured in and settles at the bottom for gorgeous sunrise glow.

Tequila Sunrise cocktail is sunny blend of orange juice and tequila. Grenadine is slowly poured in and settles at the bottom for a gorgeous sunrise glow.

We were meeting friends at our favorite Mexican food joint and it was packed. The guys went to bar and brought back Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises to enjoy while we waited to be seated. I hadn’t had a Tequila Sunrise in years and it was delicious. I ordered two and was feeling good. To keep the party going and whip up this old favorite for you.

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Tequila Sunrise Ingredients


We can all agree there are different levels of quality tequila. Since this cocktail is mixed with orange juice and grenadine syrup I would avoid using that $100 a bottle top shelf tequila.

Orange Juice

Use fresh squeezed juice only on a special occasion or when you are just trying to impress the crowd. It is a lot of work to keep the drinks flowing. In this case buy different types of oranges like Cara oranges, Blood Orange or Navel. *Note: The blood orange will not give you the same effect for the “sunrise”. Otherwise just keep it simple and buy a carton. I like a “No Pulp” orange juice for my cocktail.

Grenadine Syrup

I use Rose’s grenadine syrup. Refrigerate after opening and it will keep for about 4 months. Therefore, this just means you need to find more drinks to use it in so it doesn’t go to waste.

Maraschino Cherries

A definite must in the garnish department. These bright red beauties are delicious after soaking up the boozy juice in your glass.

Orange Wedges

As you can see in my photo I cut my orange wedges in three different sizes. Just for decoration mimicking a sunrise. First lay the orange on it’s side and cut it into slices. Next cut out 3 wedges from a slice. In addition make each wedge slightly larger than the last wedge. In the smallest wedge make a slit all the way to rind down the middle of the wedge and balance on the glass. For the middle wedge make the slit only 3/4 the down the middle. Finally the third and largest wedge make the slit 1/2 way down the middle of the wedge. This will give you the staggering height for the wedges.

Recipe for Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

1 cocktail

8 oz.

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

Tequila Sunrise


  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 6 oz. Orange Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Grenadine Syrup
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • Orange wedges for garnish


  1. In a shaker add tequila and orange juice and stir.
  2. Pour the tequila orange juice over ice in a tall cocktail glass.
  3. slowly pour in grenadine syrup and let settle at the bottom of the glass.
  4. Add garnishes and serve.


Adjust liquid amounts to taste.


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