There are a few stories behind the Tequila Sunrise’s origins: some give credit to Gene Sulit who tended bar at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in the 1930’s and 40’s; others claim that it was used to welcome tourists to Cancun and Acapulco in the 1950’s; yet another tale attributes the cocktail to Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice who were bartending during the tequila craze of the 1970’s at Trident Restaurant in Sausalito, California. We think it’s safe to cross the last two tales off of the list; Harry Craddock included this Tequila Sunrise recipe in his 1930 publication of The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Regardless of its actual origin, it is difficult to dispute the impact that the Tequila Sunrise has had on modern American Culture, be it the 1972 Rolling Stones Tour, the Eagles’ 1973 hit, or the 1988 film.
4oz Orange Juice
Stir tequila and orange nice with ice and strain into a highball glass. Add ice cubs. Pour in grenadine slowly and allow it to settle. Before drinking, stir to complete your sunrise.