Tequila Sunrise

A few weeks ago Mike and I tried a new drink while watching the Iowa vs Michigan basketball game – Tequila Sunrise.  I had been inspired to give this well-known drink a try after coming up with the idea for an Orange-Kissed Margarita for our Super Bowl drink.  I loved the way the flavors of the gold tequila and orange juice complimented each other and thought they might be good together without the margarita mix for something different sometime.  That’s what led me to discover the Tequila Sunrise.

This is a well-known drink to many but new to me 🙂 and may be one of my favorite cocktails I’ve had in a while.  I’m particularly fond of this drink because my Hawkeyes demolished Michigan that day and Mike was beaming with pride as Melvin Ejim scored 48 points to help his Cyclones defeat TCU later that afternoon.  Being the superstitious person that I am, I guess I’ll have to have this drink every time these two teams play…darn 😉  Whatever I have to do for my teams, I guess 🙂

Hope you enjoy this drink as much as I did:

Tequila Sunrise

1 or 2 shots of Gold Tequila (depending on how strong you want your drink).  Any brand is fine.  I used Jose Cuervo.

Orange Juice

1 capful of Grenadine


1. Fill glass with ice.  Pour desired amount of tequila in glass.

2. Pour orange juice in until there is about 1/2 inch left to rim of glass.  Stir to combine.

3. Fill lid of grenadine bottle with grenadine and pour at edge of rim (so right along the inside) of glass.  The grenadine should run down along the side of the glass to the bottom and settle there to make a beautiful drink resembling a sunrise on the beach.



I loved mine in my Hawkeye glass! Mike had his in his Cyclone glass, of course. I took the picture of the good one 🙂

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