Tequila Sunrise

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The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail consisting of either:

1) Tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup


2) Tequila, Creme de Cassis, fresh lime juice, and soda water.


Historical References


History of The Arizona Biltmore's original Tequila Sunrise

It was circa late 1930s or early 1940s, when a gentleman by the name of Gene Sulit came to work for The Arizona Biltmore, a resort that was then, and still is, considered Arizona's Grand Dame and a playground for celebrities and the rich and famous.

Gene held a variety of positions in food and beverage at the famed resort, spanning nearly 35 years of exceptional employee service. Those who remember Gene, said his true passion was bartending - because it not only gave him an opportunity to meet and mingle with resort guests on a daily basis, but it also allowed him the opportunity to create and develop original concoctions – one of which he invented while working at The Arizona Biltmore.

As the legend recalls, a loyal and longtime repeat guest had returned to the Arizona Biltmore for vacation to soak up the desert sunshine. Having met Gene on prior visits, the guest told Gene he loved tequila, but was looking for a refreshing beverage to enjoy poolside, and asked Gene to surprise him. And surprise him, Gene did. By blending soda and tequila with Crème de Cassis and fresh lime juice, Gene created the foundation for what was to become an iconic cocktail made famous in songs, movies and American pop culture.

"The Helena Independent", 11th May 1941

"TEQUILA SUNRISE: (Tequila and 4 Other Ingredients)"

Historical Recipes

Los Angeles Times, May 18, 1956

It's delicious with Jose Cuervo Tequila


  • Fill glass with cracked ice
  • One jigger Cuervo Tequila
  • One teaspoonful grenadine
  • 1/3 teaspoonful cream de cassis
  • Juice 1/2 lime & sparkling water


"The Biltmore Original"

  • 100% Blue Agave Tequila
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Club Soda

"The Classic"

  • Tequila
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Splash of Grenadine


  • Tequila
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Pama Pomergranate Liqueur

Common Recipes

Dale DeGroff

  • 1 1/2 oz. White Tequila
  • Orange Juice
  • Grenadine (Syrup)

Ice a highball glass. Fill with tequila and fresh orange juice and top off with a float of Grenadine.


Recipe #1

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain/build

  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • 1/2 oz creme de cassis
  • 1 splash soda
  • Fill with ice, orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila

Serve in a tall glass (14.0 oz)

Recipe #2

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange curacao
  • 1/4 oz creme de cassis

Fill with ice, soda. Add lime wheel. Serve in a tall glass (14.0 oz)

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