We’re taking this Tequila Sunrise back to its original roots but with a twist! A unique blend of flavors make for a simple and gorgeously warm-colored cocktail.
A great variation for the home bartender!
Most people are familiar with the Tequila Sunrise made with orange juice and grenadine. Our recipe finds its roots right here in Arizona!
A bartender at the famous Arizona Biltmore came up with it in the 1930’s at the request of a frequent guest asking for a refreshing tequila drink. So he created the now famous Tequila Sunrise.
The orange juice and grenadine version of the popular recipe didn’t come along until the 70’s. Our twist to it is to bring it back to the original version: Tequila sunrise without grenadine!
How To Make Tequila Sunrise
We’ll start by getting our cocktail glasses and adding the orange & lime juice, creme de cassis, tequila & simple syrup. Fill your glass with crushed ice then add the splash of triple sec & club soda. Mix well and that’s it!
Make a large batch of this cocktail for parties just by mixing all ingredients except the triple sec & club soda. You can add the splash when you serve each individual glass.
About the Ingredients
We thought the original recipe was too tart so we experimented and came up with our own. The difference is we added less lime, a touch of fresh orange juice, triple sec and simple syrup.
The result, in our humble opinion, is a great blend of flavors. Delish!
How to make Simple Syrup
If you don’t have simple syrup handy, you can make your own!
Just mix equal parts sugar and water: Mix sugar in hot water (no need to boil, just hot enough to help dissolve the sugar) and stir until water is clear again, then pour into jar and refrigerate.
Should last for one to three weeks, so I try to make pretty small amounts at a time. You can also make it with honey or agave and infuse with anything.
Or if you want another citrus recipe try my Vodka Collins that is super delicious and refreshing!
Did you make this recipe?!? I’d love to know how it turned out! leave a comment and a rating below? thank you!
The Original Tequila Sunrise
- 1/8 fresh orange, squeezed
- 1/4 fresh lime, squeezed
- 1/2 shot creme de cassis
- 1 shot tequila
- 1 shot simple syrup
- splash triple sec
- splash club soda
- crushed ice
- In a short cocktail glass, mix all ingredients except the triple sec & club soda. Fill with crushed ice and add the splash of triple sec & club soda. Mix well
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Original published date: Dec 2017. Updated in February 2020 to revise the content and photographs. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!