The only 3 Tequila Sunrise Cocktail ingredients you need
This cocktail was born in the era when fondue sets and disco fever were all the rage, and when OJ was everyone’s cocktail mixer of choice. Tequila sunrise cocktail ingredients include just three elements: orange juice, tequila and grenadine. While it sounds simple, when made properly using the very best of these three ingredients, this drink can be a thing of wonder.
Choose an excellent quality tequila like Espolòn Tequila Blanco, which is a fantastic spirit made with 100% Blue Weber agave to create a solid base. Top it off with the best orange juice, either freshly pressed or squeezed at home. Finally, we need grenadine, a thick red syrup that sweetens and dyes your cocktail bright red. Fortunately, with the craft drinks trend taking off now, one can pick good quality craft grenadines from a range of amazing producers, made with real fruit like pomegranate juice and cane sugar over ones with artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup, which will elevate your Tequila Sunrise drink.
Easy steps to make a Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
There is nothing complicated to compiling this vibrant citrusy Tequila Sunrise drink at all. The most important thing to remember however is how to make the iconic layered sunrise effect. For this, you must pour the three ingredients in the following sequence; one part Tequila followed up with two parts orange juice poured over a small handful of ice and finally the grenadine is the last addition. Drizzle it over a spoon and it will sink to the base because it’s denser than the other ingredients, creating the signature red layer at the bottom of the glass. All that’s left to do is a garnish with either a twist of lime or orange.
Tips and tricks for the perfect sip
To guarantee the ultimate Tequila Sunrise drink, remember your best investment is the ingredients, so splash out on good quality ones. Here are a few extra tips for your perfect sip:
- Choose a tumbler for a shorter, stronger drink
- Pick a highball if you want to soften the booze a little
- If this easy Tequila Sunrise recipe is too sweet for you, squeeze in a little lime juice
- If you are pouring for a crowd into pitchers, bulk up the ingredients. For a less boozy pitcher, pour one part tequila to three parts OJ