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Tequila Sunrise

The tequila sunrise was invented in the decade range of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Although an original tequila sunrise cocktail that was established and produced at the Biltmore in Arizona. It originated its name by its similar color and blends of shades to that of a morning sunrise. When it is prepared the grenadine settles gradually towards the bottom of the glass, the bright orange juice contrasts with the reddish- pinks. Not only does it give a refreshing taste, it provides an exotic appearance as well.

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Many sources state that the tequila sunrise was made by a bartender that wanted to wow a regular at the Arizona Biltmore. The tequila sunrise is made with grenadine, orange juice, tequila, and then garnished with an orange slice and cherry. However, this specific tequila sunrise cocktail was made with tequila, lime juice, soda water, and crème de cassis. The bartender that created the drink, Gene Sulit wanted to impress the guest with a drink that was both tasty and refreshing. It was a tremendous hit, and everyone began to indulge in the tequila sunrise as they basked in the sunshine at the resort by the pool.

Here is the recipe for the original tequila sunrise served and established by the Biltmore:

1 ¼ oz tequila of choice ¾ oz crème de cassis Squeeze or two of lime or slices Splash of soda water

You first begin by choosing a high-ball glass to serve the tequila sunrise in. You want to fill the glass full with ice. The tequila is the first liquid to be poured, then the crème de cassis, and lastly the soda water is used to fill the glass to the brim. You can squeeze a few drops of lime juice into the drink and use lime slices for garnish.

Traditional tequila sunrise cocktail recipe:

½ oz of grenadine 1 ½ oz of tequila 4 oz of orange juice Cherry and orange slice

You start with a high-ball glass filled to the rim with ice. You then pour the tequila into the glass followed by the orange juice. The last ingredient to be poured is the grenadine which will immediately drift to the bottom and produce the vision of the sunrise in the drink. Lastly you place a cherry and an orange slice for garnish and drift away with the breeze and refreshment it provides you.

There have been many variances of the tequila sunrise created since its debut at the Biltmore. Here are a few ways that the tequila sunrise can transpire into other unique and likable tequila cocktails:

  • Tequila sunrise figure friendly- Instead of grenadine cranberry juice is substituted to make the tequila sunrise figure friendly by cutting out extra calories and sugars.
  • Caribbean sunrise- This is a simple variation in that rum is substituted for tequila.
  • Vodka sunrise- The name indicates that tequila is not used in this drink, but vodka is.
  • Astronaut sunrise- The famous orange drink of the astronauts is used instead of orange juice for this cocktail version.

Many people have heard of the name of this drink being utilized in music and the big pictures. It is actually one of the most popular used terms and referrals in pop culture today. The Eagles band featuring Don Henley first made the “tequila sunrise” phrase popular in one of their singles in 1973 from their album Desperado. In 1988 there was a movie that starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson that reaped an academy award- its name was Tequila Sunrise. Tequila drinkers and cocktail lovers everywhere continue to enjoy the fine appeal of taste and attractiveness the tequila sunrise.

Tequila Quote: I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex, bigger than life characters. ~ Conrad Hall