A Tequila Sunrise is a pretty and potent drink. It combines tropical flavors to create a smooth and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any time of day. Though there are variations, the classic recipe is as follows:
2 shots of tequila (Barrel aged and golden tequila is recommended, but feel free to use your favorite.)
1 teaspoon of grenadine
6 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice.
Pour the tequila in a highball glass that is half filled with ice cubes. Top the tequila with the orange juice and then add the grenadine by tilting the glass and pouring the grenadine down the side of the glass by flipping the bottle vertically. This method will result in a gradation of color that resembles sunrise in a tropical paradise. Garnish with a stirrer and an orange slice topped with a maraschino cherry.
This cocktail takes customization well. Here are some suggestions:
Add a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice after adding the orange juice for a snap of tart in this otherwise sweet drink. For a stiffer drink, replace an ounce of the orange juice with an ounce of triple-sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau. For more complexity of flavor, try replacing the grenadine with cherry brandy. Add ½ ounce of pineapple juice to the tequila before you add the orange juice for a sweeter more Caribbean flavor. Float a shot of dark spiced rum on the top of the finished cocktail for a potent finish. Instead of standard stirrer or swizzle stick, use a stick of sugar cane. It will sweeten the drink and absorb the orange juice and tequila flavors for a fun after-drink snack.
Above all, enjoy your experimentation with this tropical favorite. Customize it to make it your own signature cocktail and share it with friends. Everyone will become a fan.