The Tequila Sunrise is another orange juice based cocktail, like the Screwdriver, the Orange Blossom and the Harvey Wallbanger. The long-standing appeal of these drinks is actually the orange juice – it hydrates your body and provides Vitamin C to prevent or reduce hangover effects, but you still get your alcohol kick, too. They’re a great choice to serve guests who are just social drinkers, but they’re equally popular with more dedicated drinkers.
The Tequila Sunrise gets its name from the visual effect of the grenadine dropping to the bottom, then slowly rising.
- 4 ounces orange juice (fresh squeezed is preferred)
- 2 ounces white tequila
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
Put ice cubes into a. Pour in the tequila followed by the orange juice. Now slowly pour the grenadine in so it sinks to the bottom. Optionally garnish with a citrus wedge or sliver of orange peel. If you find it difficult to pour slowly, here are some suggestions:
- Use a pour spout over the bottle.
- Pour as thin a stream as you can get out of the bottle over the back of a spoon, a technique we covered here with video, photos and instructions.
- Pour your grenadine into a paper cup, crease the brim of the cup, and pour slowly at the crease.
The Tequila Sunrise is perfect for sipping along with a fruit plate, especially with mango, cantaloupe or honeydew. Another alternative is a salad featuring fruit, like the Cranberry Feta Roasted Walnut salad.