The Tequila Sunrise
I wonder who creatd this drink. I could find very little on its history, but I can say that if you have not had this little concoction in a while, I recommend revisiting it.
1/2 oz Anejo Tequila
3 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
Pour Tequila and OJ over ice into your favorite glass. Float grenadine around the edge of the glass. The colors will blend to resemble a the morning sunrise (but I do suggest waiting to the afternoon to imbibe!). Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
A couple of notes on the ingredients here: I prefer anejo tequila becasue of the depth of flavor that comes from the aging. Fresh squeezed OJ may be a stretch during some parts of the years when oranges are scarce or out of season. The best substitute on this would be an all natural commercial OJ from the grocery store. Just don;t use the “from concentrate” stuff. “From concentrate” is bad, M’kay.
Grenadine: There are some true grenadines available, but the ones that are the most popular and most widely used ARE NOT REAL GRENADINE!! Don;t buy it!! Grenadine is a pomegranate flavored syrup. If you can’t find a true grenadine, try making it yourself.
4 cups Pomegranate Juice
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Place all ingredients in a mediuum size sauce pan, and turn on the heat. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, turn the heat to a simmer, and redue the syrup until you have about 1 1/2 to 2 cups left. Chill.
If you have kids, you can use grendaine to make them Shirley Temples at home. You can also top vanilla icecream with it as well.
Variations? Sure thing
- Replace the grenadine with a high quality Creme de Cassis or Creme de Mur (Tequila Sunset)
- Subsistute Rum for the tequila for a Carribean Sunrise.
- Instead of the Syrup, use a Pomegranite foam (mix 4oz pomegranate juice, 2 egg whites,2 oz simple syrup, 1/2 oz lemon juice into an ISI conister, and charge. Serve the drink chilled adn up top with foam.)
Hope you enjoy! Salud!