The book where I got the recipe of Tequila Sunrise from, Mexican Cooking by Jane Milton, says the drink “takes its name from the way the grenadine — a bright red cordial made from pomegranate juice — first sinks in the glass of orange juice and then rises to the surface.” Wow, just like the sun that sinks then rises on the horizon.
I turned on the lights in the living room, set the camera on the tripod and decided to make a glass of Tequila Sunrise to see and take photos of the promised spectacle of the grenadine rising to the surface. I squeezed oranges and lemon, and poured the juices into a martini glass with ice. Then, I slowly poured in the grenadine using the back of a spoon so that the liquid fell on the side of the glass before sinking directly to the bottom. That’s how layered drinks are made — the principle of specific gravity of liquids (the most dense sinks to the bottom) plus careful pouring perfected with practice.
I carefully brought the glass into the living room and set it on a table. I set the camera’s aperture and shutter speed, adjusted the white balance and took a couple of shots. Then, I waited for the grenadine to rise to the surface. I was crouched on the floor, the ice in the glass was melting and the grenadine stayed where it was — at the bottom of the glass. I got bored waiting and decided to drink my Tequila Sunrise before the juice got too diluted with melted ice.
Tequila Sunrise is a layered drink. The denser Grenadine sinks to the bottom of the glass to mimic the red hues of sunrise while the paler juices emulate the lightening morning sky. Mulling the name of the drink, I was convinced that Jane Milton got it wrong. Tequila Sunrise gets its name from the very town where tequila is primarily produced. The town of Tequila in Mexico is in an area with red volcanic soil and a sunrise there would probably have the colors of this cocktail drink that the world has come to know as Tequila Sunrise.
- 1 lime
- 4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Gold Tequila
- 1 teaspoon Grenadine
- Drop three ice cubes into a glass.
- Squeeze the lime directly into the glass.
- Pour in the orange juice and Gold Tequila.
- Place a spoon, upside down, over the glass and pour the Grenadine over the back of the spoon so that the dense liquid sinks to the bottom of the glass.
- Garnish with lime or orange slices, if you like.
- Serve at once.