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Here's how to make a refreshing Tequila Sunrise cocktail:

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Here's how to make a refreshing Tequila Sunrise cocktail:


  • 2 ounces blanco tequila (silver tequila)
  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed for best flavor
  • ¾ ounce grenadine syrup
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry (optional)


  1. Gather your tools: You'll need a highball glass (tall glass), a cocktail shaker filled with ice (optional), and a bar spoon.

  2. Fill the glass with ice (optional): Add ice cubes to your highball glass to chill it. If you prefer a less diluted drink, you can skip the ice.

  3. Combine tequila and orange juice: Pour the tequila and orange juice into the highball glass or your cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  4. Shake (optional): If you want your drink extra chilled, cover your shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Strain the mixture into your highball glass filled with ice (if you used ice in the shaker).

  5. Gently layer the grenadine: Tilt the glass slightly and slowly pour the grenadine syrup down the back of the spoon. This allows the grenadine to sink to the bottom of the glass creating a layered effect.

  6. Garnish and enjoy! Add an orange slice and optionally, a maraschino cherry for a festive touch. Enjoy your Tequila Sunrise!


  • Use fresh orange juice for the best flavor. Bottled juice can be used in a pinch, but fresh-squeezed is definitely recommended.
  • Adjust the amount of grenadine to your preference. Start with ¾ ounce and add more for a stronger grenadine taste, keeping in mind it will affect the sweetness of the drink.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can substitute with red currant syrup or another red colored syrup.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the tequila with orange juice or sparkling water.
  • Experiment with different types of tequila. Blanco tequila is the standard choice, but you can also use reposado (aged) tequila for a smoother taste.
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