The tequila sunrise originated in 1930s Tijuana, Mexico at the Agua Caliente, a casino and racetrack that was a popular destination for American drinkers during Prohibition. Tequila, grenadine, crème de cassis, and lime are the basis for that first iteration, but a newer version from the 1970s incorporates orange juice and a splash of gin. Created by bartender Bobby Lozoff at the Trident restaurant in Sausalito, California, the cocktail became an icon of the ‘70s thanks to Mick Jagger’s fondness for it; the rocker even had it stocked in his limos, for a refresher on the go.
Most tequila sunrises are made without gin these days, but if you're in the mood to throw it back to the ‘70s, add ¾ ounce of dry gin to your cocktail shaker along with the tequila and orange juice.
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- 1½ oz. 100% agave blanco or reposado tequila
- 2½ oz. orange juice
- ¼ oz. grenadine
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