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Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

Daytime Drinking: Tequila Sunrise

The tequila sunrise cocktail lives up to its moniker as a day-drinking delight. But with the wholesome OJ and eye-opening appearance also comes tequila, so approach with caution.

Layered with orange juice, grenadine, and booze for a stunning effect, the tequila sunrise is one of my favorite afternoon cocktails, bridging the gap from mimosas to more serious mixers.

With the Super Bowl coming up — and kicking off at 3:30 p.m. on the West Coast — this cocktail plays great on game day. The grenadine's sweetness is offset by the toughness of the tequila. Get the recipe.

In keeping with the color scheme, I like to garnish this drink with a slice of blood orange and a cherry.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise


1 1/2 ounces tequila
3 ounces orange juice
1 teaspoon grenadine


  1. In a highball glass with ice, combine tequila and orange juice.
  2. Gently pour the grenadine down the side of the glass — about one teaspoon or enough to get the desired sunrise effect.
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Yummmm. If I can't actually be on a tropical beach at sunrise right now, I can dream about it while sipping a delicious cocktail!
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