How to make a Tequila Sunrise, the original Acapulco cocktail

How to make a Tequila Sunrise, the original Acapulco cocktail. Most theories indicate that Tequila Sunrise was created at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix between the 1930s and 1940s. There, a regular customer and lover of tequila asked the bartender for a refreshing drink to enjoy in the pool. the bartender, Gene Sulit surprised him with a cocktail in a long glass of tequila, cassis liqueur, lemon juice and sparkling water. This was the first and original version of Tequila Sunrise, although very soon after the drink was perfected into what it is today: tequila, orange juice and grenadine. Its popularization came from the 70s, when the Rolling Stones, while they were at the Trident Bar in San Francisco, tried a Tequila Sunrise to relax. The mixture of the cocktail and the success of that first concert of the ’72 tour, when the drink accompanied them before each concert, led them to call the tour the “Tequila Sunrise Tour”.

recipe information

    • Preparation time: 5 minutes
    • total time: 5 minutes
    • rations: 1
    • Category: drinks
    • Type of cocktail bar: international
    • calories: 110 kcal per glass

Ingredients for Tequila Sunrise for 1 person

    • 50ml tequila
    • 120 ml of orange juice
    • 20ml grenadine
    • Ice
    • Slice of orange
    • maraschino cherry

Tequila Sunrise IngredientsDavid Hidalgo

How to make Tequila Sunrise

The glass that we are going to use for this cocktail will be a long drink that we cool with cubed ice. We are going to make it directly in the glass.

Chilling the glass for the Tequila SunriseDavid Hidalgo

We will start by adding the main distillate, in this case Jose Cuervo Especial tequila, with the help of the jigger we add 50 ml.

Adding tequila to Tequila SunriseDavid Hidalgo

The next ingredient will be the natural orange juice, we are going to add 12 ml.

Adding the orange juice to the Tequila SunriseDavid Hidalgo

To finish the cocktail very carefully, we add the grenadine, 2 ml, to give it sweetness and not to mix with the rest.

adding grenadine into the tequilaDavid Hidalgo

The decoration of this cocktail will be a slice of orange that we will add with the help of the tongs.

Decorate with orange sliceDavid Hidalgo

And finally a maraschino cherry.

The cherry on the Tequila SunriseDavid Hidalgo

Ready to enjoy.

Final service of Tequila SunriseDavid Hidalgo

Easy preparation summary

    1. We cool the glass with ice
    1. Add the tequila and orange juice
    1. Carefully add the grenadine
    1. Decorate with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry