Original Tequila Sunrise

Difford's Guide
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Serve in a

Collins glass

Garnish:

Lime wedge

How to make:

POUR first 5 ingredients into glass and fill with ice. TOP with soda water.

1 1/2 fl oz Patrón Silver blanco tequila
1/2 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 fl oz Grenadine/pomegranate syrup (2:1)
1/12 fl oz Giffard Noir de Bourgogne Cassis
2 drop Saline solution 4:1 (20g sea salt to 80g water)
3 1/3 fl oz Thomas Henry Soda Water (optional)
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Review:

Tequila notes shine with delicate berry fruit (and depending on your ingredients subtle vanilla) in this delicious 1930's version of the Sunrise.

History:

The older of the two versions of the Tequila Sunrise, this one was served and is thought to have been created around 1930 at the Agua Caliente racetrack hotel, spa, and casino resort in Tijuana, Mexico. It is recommended in the Bottoms Up! drinks guide come menu published by the resort and, handily, this vintage publication authenticates the Tequila Sunrise's 1930s connection to Agua Caliente. This describes the Sunrise as being "A Fascinating Tequila Fantasy -- The Drink you can Never Forget -- A Mans Drink -- A Womans Drink."

The birth of this cocktail prior to 1933 is supported by its appearance in Hollywood Cocktails, published in November that year (just before the end of US Prohibition) with a recipe identical to that in the Agua Caliente publication. And as that says, "Under no circumstances alter this order."

THE SUNRISE COCKTAIL
1 Jigger Tequila
½ Lime, squeezed, insert peel
6 Dashes Grenadine
2 Dashes Creme de Cassis
2 Lumps Ice
Serve in a highball glass filled to brim with Roca Blanca water or fizz with seltzer.

Hollywood Cocktails, 1933

The "original" Tequila Sunrise should not be confused with the "Sunrise" in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book and some other notable vintage tomes. This quite different cocktail is a layered shot comprising equal parts grenadine, crème de violette, Yellow Chartreuse, and triple sec.

Some misguided folk say the Tequila Sunrise was created in the early 1940s by Gene Sulit, a longstanding bartender at the Arizona Biltmore resort's Wright bar where this cocktail is known as a "Biltmore Original Tequila Sunrise," I've not found anything earlier than the 2000s supporting this and although Sulit worked at the resort in the 1930s, its bar was not operational due to Prohibition.

The better known and more recent Tequila Sunrise with orange juice dates from 1970.

Nutrition:

One serving of Original Tequila Sunrise contains 107 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.2 standard drinks
  • 9.89% alc./vol. (19.78° proof)
  • 16.8 grams of pure alcohol
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