Tequila Sunrise Orange
The refreshing Tequila Sunrise has a strong history and place in American culture.
According to a popular belief, originally served at the Arizona Biltmore resort & spa in Phoenix, Arizona the Tequila Sunrise is named for the way it looks after it has been poured. The cocktail was created in the 1930s for a guest who loved tequila, a popular type of brandy, distilled from a blue agave, and asked the bartender, Gene Sulit, to surprise him with a refreshing drink he could enjoy poolside.
Today, a classical Tequila Sunrise consists of tequila, orange juice and grenadine. Originally, however, the drink was made with tequila, crème de cassis, soda and lime juice. In fact, the creme de cassis has the same effect as grenadine, that, when poured correctly, will rise in the drink, resembling a sunrise.
Let’s remind you that the real tequila comes from a single state in Mexico, Jalisco, where you will find even a town named Tequila. Other Mexican states also produce aromatic liquors that are distilled from de agave plant, which are known as Mescal or Mezcal, but tequila has a much more refined and balanced taste, while the mescal tastes much heavy. Tequila makes an excellent base for exotic cocktails and mixes well with other ingredients.