Tequila Sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise is said to be invented during the 1950s but was at its peak during the 1970s disco era. The original version used Crème de Cassis instead of Grenadine.

Tequila Sunrise


  • 50ml

    Don Julio Blanco

  • 120ml

    Fresh Orange Juice

  • 15ml

    Grenadine Syrup

  • 1

    Orange Slice (Garnish)

  • 1

    Cherry (Garnish)

0 units of alcohol per serve


  • 1

    Highball Glass

  • 1

    Bar Spoon

  • 1


  • 1

    Ice Scoop

  • 1




  • Preparation
    1. Add the first two ingredients in a Highball Glass over Ice.
    2. Stir gently to combine.
    3. Slowly pour Grenadine over the top to create a 'sunrise effect'.
    4. Garnish with an Orange Slice and a Cherry.
  • Alcohol content

    1.4 standard drinks* per serve *One standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.

Interesting facts

The Sunrise from Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book isn’t the original tequila sunrise. Equal amounts grenadine, crème de Violette, Yellow Chartreuse, and triple sec are layered in this unique cocktail.

History of the drink

The first of the two tequila sunrise variations are claimed to have been invented in or around 1930 in the Agua Caliente resort in Tijuana, Mexico, which gained popularity during US Prohibition.