SIP OF THE WEEK: Tequila Sunrise

If you love the Southwest sunrises and know all the lyrics to the song “Tequila Sunrise” by the Eagles, then the drink of the same name is the perfect drink for you.

The popular drink was thought to be invented at the end of Prohibition at Tijuana’s famed famous Agua Caliente casino in the 1970s, according to Esquire magazine.

The concoction consists of tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup.  It is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass, according to the same article The denser ingredient, grenadine, settles to the bottom of the glass, creating layers in color that create a sunrise effect.

The Tequila Sunrise is usually served in a highball glass over ice.  The International Bartender’s Association’s specific ingredients are three parts tequila, six parts orange juice, and one part grenadine syrup.

To prepare the drink, pour the tequila and orange juice into a glass over ice.  Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom.  Do not stir.  Garnish with an orange slice and cherry and enjoy.

An alternative recipe involves squeezing half a lime into a glass that is two-thirds full of cracked ice, 2 ounces tequila, 1 teaspoon grenadine, and 1 teaspoon crème de cassis. Then stir and top off with soda water.

A nonalcoholic version is the Red Sea Sunrise, which substitutes lemonade for tequila.

The Tequila Sunrise goes well with a plate of steamed Alaskan king crab and other delicious Southwest dinners such as fajitas, prime rib and lobster.

Disclaimer:  You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy this beverage.  Do not drink and drive and please drink responsibly.


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