Tequila Sunset Cocktail Recipe

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Tequila Sunset Cocktail Recipe

The Tequila Sunset and the Tequila Sunrise are two very similar, very popular drinks. The differences lie with a few of the ingredients, as well as the colouring of the drinks. Both are tasty and great choices for those who enjoy tequila-based cocktails. This time, instead of grenadine, you are adding in the red-colored soda water. You want it to float at the top of the drink. 

The Tequila Sunrise cocktail, with its bright striations of colour, evokes a summer sunrise. This classic drink has only three ingredients—tequila, grenadine and orange juice—and is served unmixed to preserve the colour of each layer, and the tequila sunrise recipe is easy.

The Tequila Sunrise was created in the 70s at the Trident bar in Sausalito, California. The cocktail became infamous after a member of the Rolling Stones,  Mick Jagger himself, tasted it at a party to kick off The Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour. The band began ordering it at stops across the country, and even dubbed the tour “the cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour,” which helped to propel the drink’s popularity. From there, the tequila sunrise took its rightful place among the Rusty Nails, Screwdrivers, and their kin: the cocktails that defined an era, for better or worse. Read below to learn how to make a tequila sunrise.

Serves: 1

Prep time: 2 Minutes
Nutrition: 210 Calories


  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • dash of red food colouring
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Garnish: cherry


    1. Add the tequila and then the orange juice to a chilled highball glass filled with ice.
    2. Top with the coloured soda water.
    3. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

    Category: Drinks Cuisine: Cocktail