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Mick Jagger and the rock and roll history of the Tequila Sunrise

Mick Jagger and the rock and roll history of the Tequila Sunrise

We’ve all drunk this flaming ode to the Mexican dawn at some point. But have you ever stopped to think where it came from?

False start

The first Tequila Sunrise looked and tasted nothing like the bright orange beauty we know today. Invented in the 1930s and made from a mix of crème de cassis, soda water and lime juice, it had a much more understated pale red hue and a far subtler (some say better) flavour. Either way, it didn’t last long.

The original Tequila Sunrise

The original tequila sunrise pictured above

Moves like Jagger

In the 60s and 70s in San Francisco, The Trident restaurant, elegantly perched above the Pacific, was the place to see and be seen. Clint Eastwood, Janis Joplin and Bill Cosby were all regulars and Robin Williams worked there as a busboy! When the Rolling Stones (who’re from England) were looking for a place to hold their 1972 pre-tour party, The Trident was the only choice.

Once the skop was in full swing, Mick Jagger sauntered up to the bar and ordered a Margarita. “Have you ever tried a Tequila Sunrise?” said the barman. The rest, as they say, is history. Jagger loved it and so did the rest of The Stones. They bought a bottle of tequila and learnt to make their own. And then another. And another.

Check out this video of their tour:

Over the next 6 weeks The Stones played 30 concerts across the US – and the Tequila Sunrise went with them every step of the way. They taught barmen how to make it and they drank DIY versions on tour buses and in hotel rooms. In fact, the famously depraved tour which “broke America” is still known as the Cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour’. By the time The Stones had gone back home to Britain their cocktail was on the menu of any bar worth its salt.

Make your own

Add two tots good quality tequila and 100ml orange juice to a glass with ice. Gently add a dash of grenadine and stir to create the sunrise effect. Garnish with a slice of orange and, if you’re feeling really fancy, a maraschino cherry. Repeat as required.

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