(It’s Another) Tequila Sunrise

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A Tequila Sunrise is a classic tequila cocktail that creates a beautiful gradient of colors from deep red to bright orange, reminiscent of a sunrise. The tangy citrus flavor combined with the warmth of tequila makes it a delightful and refreshing choice for any cocktail enthusiast.

A Tequila Sunrise cocktail on a white porch railing.

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So, I know you’re totally singing The Eagles song Tequila Sunrise. I’m singing it as I’m writing this too. Not such a bad song to have stuck in your head, especially if you have the cocktail on the table next to you.

I think a Tequila Sunrise is one of my favorite drinks, probably because it’s so pretty. It looks so tropical and reminds me of one of my favorite trips to the Caribbean.

Just a few ingredients

  • Blanco (Silver) Tequila
  • Orange Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Orange Slice for garnish
  • Ice cubes
Ingredients for a Tequila Sunrise cocktail.

Why you’ll love this cocktail

  • With just three ingredients, it’s easy to make.
  • Enjoy a tequila sunrise poolside. They are great for sipping on a hot day.
  • Since it’s made with orange juice, it’s refreshing.
  • Fun fact: The drink got its name from the way the ingredients are layered in the glass resembling a sunrise.

Just have the orange juice and tequila mixed then just add ice, pour into your glass and add the grenadine. I like my tequila sunrise with no ice.

I keep my tequila in the freezer, the orange juice is already in the fridge so I shake them up with ice pour into the glass, add the grenadine and enjoy. If you like ice, pour the tequila/ orange juice mixture over the ice then add the grenadine. The trick to getting the color separation is to slowly pour in the grenadine and let it settle before serving.

A fruity cocktail on a white railing.

Shop for the ingredients, except the Tequila, on Instacart and have them delivered or ready for pick up.

What Can I serve with a Tequila Sunrise?

Since it’s a tequila based cocktail, it pairs nicely with Mexican or Tex-Mex recipes such as cheesy sausage stuffed jalapeños or sheet-pan nachos. Both would be perfect for a game day party where you’re making tequila sunrises for your crowd.

More Tequila Cocktails

Enjoy more tequila cocktails including frozen peach margaritas, a tequila sunset, a frozen spicy mango margarita, or a Bloody Maria.

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(It’s Another) Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise is a classic cocktail that is having new popularity.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grenadine, orange juice, tequila
Servings: 2


  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • Dash of grenadine for each glass
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  • Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker combine ice tequila and orange juice. Shake a few times and strain into cocktail glasses. Carefully add a dash of grenadine to each glass. About ½ teaspoon. Do not mix. Garnish and serve.

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  1. A Tequilla Sunrise is one of my all time favorite drinks. The song reminds me of my aunt who was a huge Eagles fan. Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning! The drink looks fabulous

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