National Tequila Day – Enjoy a TEA-quila Sunrise!

Jul 24, 2020

TEA-quila Sunrise Cocktail

 Whether you’re enjoying a nice dinner or relaxing poolside, a Tequila Sunrise is perfect for any occasion. The first version of the Tequila Sunrise originated in Arizona and is a perfect representation of the vibrant Southwestern skies. In honor of National Tequila Day, we’ve made a TEA-quila blend based on this classic tequila cocktail complemented by S&V herbal “tea.” This beverage not only turned out aesthetically pleasing, but also a delicious tropical treat!

A classic tequila sunrise includes: Grenadine, Orange Juice, and Tequila 

Our “tea” twist was to substitute the grenadine for our Simpson & Vail Orange Cranberry Herbal Tisane and a bit of hibiscus to create a Simple Syrup. 

Simple Syrup Ingredients:


Heat the ingredients in a small sauce pan over high heat for til boiling. I put the herbs in three t-sacs, but they can be put in straight and strained out. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until all the sugar dissolves. Remove the herbs. Let the mixture completely cool.

This simple syrup can be sealed and refrigerated for up to a month!

Now on to the most important part – turning  the syrup into a cocktail!



  1. Over ice, fill your glass about 3/4 of the way with orange juice and 2 oz of tequila .
  2. Pour your orange juice and tequila into a shaker with ice or stir generously for approx. 15 seconds.
  3. Pour a shot of your cooled simple syrup slowly down the inside of the glass. I used an upside down spoon to guide the liquid. It will sink to the bottom.
  4. Optional: Apply garnish.
  5. Stir up the drink with your straw and enjoy!

After the cooling process of the simple syrup, it took about 5 minutes to make this drink, making it a quick and easy creation. I believe this drink would taste good with straight hibiscus simple syrup, or to add a fruitier flavor, Burgundy Blast simple syrup. Overall, substituting out the grenadine for a homemade herbal tea simple syrup created a sweeter taste throughout, but still maintained a subtle tart taste. I would highly recommend pairing this drink with grilled seafood, fish or pork tacos, steak fajitas, or any recipe with citrus notes.

So go celebrate National Tequila Day with this
mouthwatering mixture!

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