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Summer in a glass

Photo by Andrew Hawley

For most students, “Tequila Sunrise” probably refers to the time they pounded back shots and kept the party going until dawn.

While the Mexican spirit is effective in this use, it is also a great base for making cocktails. One such mixed drink is a sweet and easy-to-make classic, known arguably more for its visual appeal than taste.


1.5 oz (45 ml) tequila

3 oz (90 ml) orange juice

0.5 oz (15 ml) grenadine


Pour the tequila into a highball glass filled with ice. Add the orange juice and stir. Pour the grenadine slowly into the drink and let it settle. Garnish with a slice of orange.

The tequila-to-orange-juice ratio is 1:2, though some recipes allow for more of the latter. Regarding brand, search out tequila that has “100 per cent agave” on the label. This means the spirit was distilled entirely from blue agave juice, versus a mix of agave juice and added sugars. While mixed tequilas Sauza ($29.95 for 750 ml) and Jose Cuervo ($33.95) are serviceable, I prefer the smoother, 100 per cent El Jimador ($30.95). Rose’s Grenadine is $5.59 for 739 ml.


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