Does this pretty drink evoke an actual sunrise, or does it just look like a sunrise after pouring down a few?

Either way, this mixture of colors with layers of orange juice and grenadine is delicious on a hot day. It’s not like the cocktail is going to make you think you are in the Caribbean — unless of course you drink gallons of it — but it may help you think happy, sunny thoughts on a cold, slushy afternoon.

Besides, it’s good for you: Being another orange based cocktail, it hydrates your body and provides Vitamin C, but you still get your alcohol kick, too.

The roots

Ever shake your booty at the disco?  If so, you probably remember the Tequila Sunrise, that trippy combo of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine that became the rage early in the 1970s.  It was the drink that introduced lots of people to tequila.

The modern drink originates from California in the early 1970s, after an earlier one created in the 1930s in Arizona.

This cocktail has fallen out of popularity in many cocktail bars in recent years, but made its mark on popular culture both as the title of a 1973 song by The Eagles and a 1988 film starring Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Not to mention that in 1972, at a private party at the Trident organized to kick off the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour in America, Mick Jagger had one of the cocktails, liked it, and he and his entourage started drinking them down. They later ordered them all across America, even dubbing the tour itself their “cocaine and tequila sunrise tour”.

The makin’s

1½ parts tequila
3 parts orange juice
Orange slice for garnish

The drill

Fill a sugar-rimmed rocks glass with ice
Add the tequila, then orange juice
Drizzle with grenadine, pouring slowly against the back of a spoon near the rim of the glass, allowing the liquid to sink to the bottom of the drink
Garnish with an orange slice


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