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Robert Hess Posted: 20 Dec 2009 11:32 AM

Recently, I was contacted by somebody to ask why I don't have a Tequila Sunrise over on DrinkBoy.com, or why I haven't yet featured it on The Cocktail Spirit.

Frankly, I can't recall the last time I had a Tequila Sunrise. It was well before I got into cocktails. I have always seen the Tequila Sunrise as being one of "those" drinks. Is it perhaps worth looking at again?

Kevin (the person who asked me), mentioned that it was his understanding that the original recipe used Creme de Cassis and lime juice, and not orange juice and grenadine. He sent me the following links which provided additional information.

What do the rest of you think?
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The version with lime juice and creme de cassis (and, originally, a splash of grenadine as well) is actually from Agua Caliente, the huge Prohibition-era resort/casino/racetrack in Tijuana. They promoted it heavily and it's in their drink book, from 1933. It can be seen as a tequila version of the Daisy, as it was made in the 1910s (i.e., with grenadine and ice in the glass, rather than the 1870s version with orange liqueur and up).

In an case, made thus it's a pretty tasty drink. IMHO, creme de cassis is one of the things that mixes best with tequila.

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Thanks for the extra detail Dave! I don't have the Agua Caliente '33 book, could you repost the recipe from that? It would be interesting to discuss the variations and see what works best.

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