The original from 1940s contained tequila, creme de cassis, lime juice and soda water. The modern one contains tequila, orange juice and grenadine and was created by Bobby Lazoff and Billy Rice in 1970s while working as bartenders at the Trident in Sausalito, California. The cocktail is named for its appearance when served, with gradations of color resembling a sunrise and how it looks as you pour the ingredients into the glass. It is served unmixed in a tall glass. The grenadine adds a fine sweetness to the orange juice and tequila and becomes more prominent as you get toward the bottom of the glass.
- 4 Oz orange juice.
- 2 Oz tequila.
- 1/2 Oz grenadine.
- Orange slice for garnish.
- Maraschino cherry for garnish.
- Pour the tequila and the orange juice into a high glass with ice cubes.
- Slowly pour the grenadine around the inside edge of the glass, it will sink. Slowly rise it to mix with the other ingredients naturally.
- Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.