How To Make A Tequila Sunrise
An early version of the Tequila Sunrise made an appearance at the Agua Caliente racetrack, hotel, and casino complex of Tijuana in the 1930s, where it was marketed as an alleged hangover cure — hence the “hair of the dog” implication of calling a drink a “sunrise.” This iteration, though, was actually a riff on the Daisy, and contained tequila, lime juice, crème de cassis, grenadine, and soda.
The modern version we know today was created by Bobby Lozoff in the 1970s at The Trident in Sausalito, Calif., and shares only two ingredients with the original spec. After Lozoff famously served his Tequila Sunrise to Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in 1972, the band helped to popularize the cocktail, making it the semi-official drink of their North American tour that year.
Lozoff’s Tequila Sunrise employs tequila and grenadine, along with a splash of gin and a generous pour of orange juice. Thanks to either an eye for art or someone’s forgetfulness, combining the ingredients without mixing creates a color gradient, resembling a beautiful sunrise.