How To Make A Tequila Sunrise Drink

Cocktail Recipe

Learn how to make a tequila sunrise recipe! This recipe is a Jose Cuervo mixed drink. See how to mix this fruity cocktail and make it look like a rising sun.

Want to learn how to make a tequila sunrise drink?

It will only take you a minute to make each drink. And the colorful effects will make you look like a professional bartender, too!

So, what’s a tequila sunrise (or tequila sunset, depending on the day)? I’m glad you asked.

Today we’ll discuss what it is, and how to mix tequila sunrise drinks for you and your friends. This tequila sunrise drink recipe will be a hit with everyone!

How to make a tequila sunrise drink with three simple ingredients!

This drink is bold, refreshing, and nostalgic.

I think this cocktail can be enjoyed at any time of day. Because it reminds me of a nice relaxing beach, as it should.

Perhaps while on vacation, you like a morning cocktail?

In any case, a little mixed drink after breakfast or with brunch is nice once in a while.

So, this tequila sunrise recipe is perfect for just that.

What’s Tequila Sunrise Mix?

Tequila sunrise is a fun and colorful cocktail drink. And it’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

The drink consists of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup. Also, it’s made directly in a glass with ice.

They’re typically served in high-ball glasses.

The grenadine syrup sinks to the bottom and slowly rises. Hence, the name tequila sunrise.

Because the syrup on the bottom of the glass is red, and the orange juice on top is orange, and the colors blend together, it looks like a rising sun.

How To Make A Tequila Sunrise Drink, Fruity Cocktail Recipe - jose cuervo mixed drinks

What is Well Drink?

Yes, tequila sunrise are well drinks.

A well drink consists of the least expensive alcohol at a particular bar.

Usually, this includes tequila. But there is also top-shelf tequila.

However, top-shelf alcohol is more expensive and would not be considered a well drink.

If you’re ordering at a pub, you should ask the bartender for clarification.

This way you don’t end up blowing your entire night’s budget on one drink.

Is This Drink A Girly Drink

This colorful and fruity drink is ideal for those who want a cocktail drink without a boozy flavor.

However, some may see the colorful cocktail as a girly drink.

Besides is there really such a thing? Is tequila sunrise a girly drink? Hmm. Perhaps, perhaps not.

Regardless if you’re a man or a woman if you like the flavor of the drink; bottoms up!

How To Make a Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise is one of the easiest drinks you can make, and one that looks fancy at that. So, learning how to mix tequila sunrise is easy.

Additionally, there’s no need to break out the shaker for this drink!

You’ll simply add the orange juice and tequila to a glass with ice and stir. After the OJ and tequila are mixed, then slowly add the grenadine syrup.

Then, the syrup will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating the rising sun or setting sun look you’re going for. No need to stir in the grenadine!

Finally, top it off with an orange slice!

How to make tequila sunrise drink

What’s in a Tequila Sunrise?

Tequila sunrise tastes like a fruity drink without the abundance of alcohol flavor.

For the most part, you’ll taste the orange juice and grenadine syrup.

The grenadine flavor comes from pomegranate and sugar.

This combination actually gives you a sweet and slightly tart flavor in your drink. It’s quite refreshing and a good change of pace from other cocktails.

The hint of tequila is quite mild, not like the heat of a shot at all. No need to lick salt and suck on a lime wedge with this drink!

How Many To Get Drunk

Well, I won’t be able to answer that one for you! With so many variables in play, you have to know you.

However, I can tell you that this drink contains roughly 13% alcohol in each drink.

Each drink contains 1.5 ounces of tequila. This is equal to one shot here in the USA.

So, how many shots of tequila does it take for you to get drunk? Well, that’s a good estimate of how many tequila sunrises it will take. 

Please, if you drink, don’t drive. 

How To Make Tequila Sunrise

Let’s learn how to make tequila sunrise cocktails!

Grab your cocktail glasses and let’s begin.

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Tequila. Well, that’s a no-brainer. For the first ingredient, you can pick your favorite tequila.

If you’re not sure which one you should use, or you’re unfamiliar with what tequila to use for this drink, go with Jose Cuervo. It’s a classic tequila that nearly everyone likes. And this Jose Cuervo mixed drink is no exception!

Orange Juice. Once the drink is together, this creates the top layer of the sunrise.

The orange sky, if you will. I prefer orange juice with no pulp, but that’s a personal preference. Grab your favorite OJ to mix with Jose Cuervo!

Grenadine Syrup. There’s no guessing on this one, grenadine syrup is simply pomegranate juice and sugar, boiled down to make a syrup. 

Oranges Slices or Wedges. These make perfect garnishes for your cocktails. While they’re not necessary, they will make your drinks look professional, and impress your friends.

Cut up an orange into orange wedges or orange slices, and place one on the edge of each glass once the drink is made.

Cherries. The second garnish. I like them with stems. So, I place the cherry on top of the ice after the cocktail is made.

Can you tie a cherry stem with your tongue? I can!

Ice. The first ingredient into the glass, and just as important as the rest. It will keep you drink chilled and help slow down the rise of the grenadine.


Place the ice in your glass and add in orange juice and tequila. Then, stir it with a cocktail stirrer to mix it together.

How To Make A Tequila Sunrise Drink, Mix tequila and orange juice with ice

Next, you’ll slowly add in the grenadine.

In particular, pour it in nearest a side wall off the glass, not down the center.

Because this will help it sink to the bottom of the glass and give you the perfect sunrise look!

How To Make A Tequila Sunrise Drink, Adding grenadine to cocktail
How To Make A Tequila Sunrise Drink, what's in a tequila sunrise

This easy tequila sunrise recipe will surely please a crowd of thirsty friends!

5 from 2 votes

Tequila Sunrise

Learn how to make a tequila sunrise drink. This tequila sunrise recipe goes well with Jose Cuervo.
Servings 1 people
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 0 mins
0 mins
Total Time 1 min


  • Glass
  • Cocktail stirrer


  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 cup ice cubes fill each glass


  • Add ice, orange juice, and tequila to a glass. Stirring until well combined
  • Pour grenadine down the inside wall of the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom
  • Garnish with cherry and orange wedge


This tequila sunrise recipe is easy to make and delicious. It’s colorful and doesn’t have a strong alcohol flavor. It’s a perfect drink for kicking back, relaxing, and pretend your on a sandy beach somewhere!
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Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $2
Course: Cocktail, Drink, Drinks
Cuisine: American

Looking for the original tequila sunrise recipe, the one without OJ? Check it out here.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sonja!

  2. Very good ty

  3. 5 stars
    It’s as easy as it is delicious, and nice on the eyes too! Let me know how you like it!

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