Tequila Sunrise

For Americans, summer officially starts the last weekend in May--Memorial Day weekend. The weather has turned warm and sunny (hopefully), schools are letting out, and it's BBQ season. For me, though, summer starts two weeks earlier when I bust out the movie Jaws.

This year was our third annual "Jaws and Tequila Sunrise Night". I have absolutely no idea how it started, other than I was in the mood to watch the movie and wanted a drink as well. It was a big hit. I love, love, love, this movie! It's tied for my all time favorite (with Top Gun!). The casting, acting, setting, plot, and cheesy mechanical shark...Seriously, what's not to love?! This movie is not the reason I won't go in the water, though. Have you seen the creepy, giant things that live in there??!! Anyway, I look forward to this every year. It takes me weeks to get the song, "Show Me the Way To Go Home" out of my head. Now, my kids sing it! To make it even better for next year, my husband brought me back a Jaws t-shirt from the States last week! I really hope we do this every year. Ok, I'll shut up now...

This drink has summer time written all over it. I particularly like it because grenadine is about the only mixer I can find here. I don't go to heavy on it because it becomes painfully sweet, but it adds that gorgeous red color. The best part is, if you don't have tequila, vodka can be substituted and it becomes a Vodka Sunrise.

Whether you're watching a fun summer classic movie, lounging by the pool, or firing up the BBQ, this drink will put you in a summer lovin' feel-good mood! I love the idea of pairing a drink with a movie. I might have to work on this more...

Tequila Sunrise

One drink


  • 4 ounces (0.5 cup/120 mL) orange juice
  • 2 ounces (0.25 cup/60 mL) tequila or vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons/30 mL) grenadine (I use between 1-2 tablespoons to cut back on the sweetness a bit)

Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries


Fill a glass with ice; add the orange juice and tequila (or vodka), stirring to mix well. Slowly drizzle the grenadine down the side of the glass. It will sink to the bottom, but do not stir! Add garnish, if desired. Serve cold.

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