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The Tequila Sunrise

March 7, 2009

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.

Tequila Sunrise

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.

Grenadine Syrup

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!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2009 10:38 am

    Story is somewhere in Cancun in the 50’s – but that’s just one story. ALTHOUGH, the story also goes that the original tequila sunrise is not the oj/grenadine version that we love. I think it was Ann Tuerrneman that had an article about it in the last issue of Chilled.

    Story and original recipe aside, this is one I will never be without, love it!

    Also, a Sweet or Virgin Sunrise skips the liquor and is far better than plain OJ for breakfast!

    Thanks Barman!

  2. March 7, 2009 4:41 pm

    All the reading I did was vague to this little drink’s origin. Along with the story you mention, I had also heard it was created at the Arizona Bittmore. I also found that the original recipe was not what go by today.

    Sadly I have just suscribed to Chilled, so I missed that article. Even sadder is I am in the current issue, but didn;t buy my subscribtion in time to get a copy. So it goes.

    Thank you for the comment Colleen. Anyways good to hear from you!


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