Golden Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Golden Sunrise cocktail is a variation of the classic Tequila Sunrise, which was created in the 1930s in Arizona. The Golden Sunrise replaces the grenadine with a gold-colored liqueur, giving it a unique and luxurious appearance. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a touch of elegance and sophistication in their drinks.

  • Origin: Arizona, 1930s
  • Variation of: Tequila Sunrise
  • Perfect for: Elegant events, special occasions, and those who enjoy a touch of luxury

How Golden Sunrise Tastes?

The Golden Sunrise has a balanced taste, with a combination of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The tequila provides a strong, earthy base, while the orange juice adds a refreshing citrus note. The gold liqueur adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of exotic spice.

Interesting facts about Golden Sunrise

  • The Golden Sunrise is a variation of the Tequila Sunrise, which was named after the beautiful colors of a sunrise.
  • The gold liqueur used in this cocktail can be a gold-colored herbal liqueur or a gold-flaked liqueur for an extra touch of luxury.
  • This cocktail is perfect for special occasions and celebrations, as its golden appearance adds a touch of elegance and sophistication.


  • Tequila: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Gold liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice: 1 cup
  • Orange slice: 1
  • Maraschino cherry: 1


Tequila is the backbone of the Golden Sunrise, providing a robust, earthy base that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients. The 2 oz measurement is perfect for establishing presence without knocking your socks off. Too much, and you'd be calling it a Tequila Sunset due to your rapid approach to bedtime. Skimp on it, and the cocktail might feel incomplete, like a beach without the ocean.

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Orange Juice

Playing the role of sunrise in our Golden Sunrise, orange juice adds the necessary brightness and acidity to cut through the tequila's intensity. 4 oz gives a refreshing burst of citrus without turning the cocktail into a boozy breakfast drink. No O.J.? You might find yourself amid a tequila desert with no oasis in sight. A Grapefruit juice twist could transport you to a slightly more bitter sunrise, for those who like to live on the zestier side of life.

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Gold Liqueur

This 1 oz of liquid gold not only brings about an alluring shimmer but also infuses the drink with a sweet complexity. Imagine a touch of vanilla or a hint of herbs, depending on your choice of gold liqueur. Forget about it, and you lose the 'Golden' in 'Golden Sunrise,' which is like forgetting the sugar in your cookie dough - simply dull. For an alternate bling, try a splash of elderflower liqueur for a floral note.

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Not just a way to chill, but ice also dilutes the cocktail to its ideal strength, ensuring every sip is perfectly calibrated. A cup of ice is enough to embrace the tequila without dampening its spirit. Going sans ice is like going to a party in a winter jacket—overwhelmingly warm and unnecessarily intense.

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Orange Slice

More than just a pretty face, the orange slice adds an extra zest and completes the sunrise visual. It's also an imperative olfactory experience, introducing the citrus scent, which sets the tone for the first sip. Leave it out, and it's like enjoying a cake without icing—a missed opportunity for joy.

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Maraschino Cherry

The cherry on top isn't just for looks; it's a subtly sweet finish that gently whispers 'dessert' without screaming 'sugar rush.' It's like a delightful punctuation at the end of your cocktail sentence. Lose it, and your drink loses its exclamation point!

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Recipe. How to make Golden Sunrise Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of tequila over the ice.
  3. Add 4 oz of orange juice and gently stir.
  4. Slowly pour 1 oz of gold liqueur over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • To create the perfect layered effect, pour the gold liqueur slowly over the back of a spoon.
  • Use fresh-squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the tequila and orange juice beforehand for a colder, more refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Nachos: The saltiness and cheese flavor will complement the citrus notes of the cocktail.
  • Shrimp Ceviche: A light, zesty appetizer like ceviche would enhance the fresh taste of the Golden Sunrise.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Tacos: The smokiness of the grilled chicken pairs nicely with the slight sweetness of the gold liqueur.
  • Fish Tacos: The lightness of the fish won't overpower the drink, and the citrus in both can mingle harmoniously.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness will balance out the sweetness of the drink.
  • Orange Flavored Chocolate: Chocolate and orange are classic pairings; it will bring out the orange flavor in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Golden Sunrise

  • Tequila: You can use a different type of tequila, such as reposado or añejo, for a different flavor profile.
  • Gold Liqueur: If you don't have gold liqueur, you can use a gold-colored herbal liqueur or a gold-flaked liqueur.

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Spicy Sunrise

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker with the tequila before pouring it into the glass.

The Spicy Sunrise introduces a heat that will complement the sweetness and acidity of the original ingredients. The jalapeño adds a fiery twist, transforming your serene sunrise into a more exciting adventure. It's the cocktail equivalent of a spicy Mexican chocolate – unexpected heat followed by subtle sweetness.

Sparkling Sunrise

  • Replace 1 oz of orange juice with 1 oz of sparkling wine or champagne.

Bringing a bit of effervescence to the party, the Sparkling Sunrise turns the cocktail into a celebration in a glass. The fizz brings a new texture and the wine adds a complexity that's sure to make your taste buds dance in the early morning light. It's the mimosa's distant, more sophisticated cousin.

Autumn Sunrise

  • Replace gold liqueur with 1 oz of cinnamon schnapps.

As the leaves change, so can your cocktail. The Autumn Sunrise will have a warm cinnamon embrace, turning the cocktail into a seasonal delight. The cinnamon's spicy sweetness provides a cozy twist for those chilly mornings when you long for the warmth of summer's glow.

In case you forgot basics how to make Golden Sunrise

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Golden Sunrise

What type of glass is best for serving the Golden Sunrise cocktail?

Highball glass is ideal for serving the Golden Sunrise cocktail as it allows for the presentation of the layered ingredients.

Can I add any other fruits or garnishes to the Golden Sunrise cocktail?

While the traditional garnish for a Golden Sunrise is an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, you can experiment with other fruits like grapefruit or pineapple for a different flavor profile. However, adding too many elements might overshadow the cocktail's original taste.

What is the perfect time of day to enjoy a Golden Sunrise cocktail?

As the cocktail's name suggests, Golden Sunrise is the perfect cocktail to enjoy at sunrise or sunset. However, it can also be enjoyed at any time of the day, especially during special occasions.

Can I prepare the Golden Sunrise cocktail in advance?

You can prepare the tequila and orange juice mixture in advance, but it's best to add the gold liqueur just before serving to preserve its luxurious appearance and layered effect.

How do I avoid the gold liqueur from mixing with the orange juice?

The key is to pour it slowly over the back of a spoon. This technique is called layering which helps create a clear separation between the different liquids.

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