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Here are all the top orange juice cocktails that highlight this beautiful citrus fruit! Try everything from a mimosa to a tequila sunrise.

Tequila sunrise
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Love the bright and beautiful citrus flavor of an orange! Turns out OJ is a top notch mixer for cocktails. It can stand in with almost any liquor, though it’s best known for pairing with vodka. But mix it with champagne to make a mimosa, or tequila to make a tequila sunrise or spin on the margarita! There are lots of other famous orange and liquor pairings that we’ll let you discover below. You can even use blood orange juice, bright pink in color and even sweeter than the juice from a standard orange.

Here are all the best orange juice cocktails to try! There are drinks for morning, evening, and everywhere in between. For all of them, keep in mind that freshly squeezed orange juice makes drinks with the best flavor. No cutting corners here!

And now…the best orange juice cocktails to try!

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Tequila sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make a tequila sunrise! This vibrant orange juice cocktail layers the colors of a summer sunrise using tequila, orange and grenadine.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) tequila
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) orange juice
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) grenadine syrup (purchased or homemade)
  • Ice (try our clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: Cocktail cherry, orange juice


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the tequila and orange juice and stir.
  2. Pour the grenadine into center of the drink and it will sink to the bottom. Stir gently for sunrise gradient effect.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and cocktail cherry.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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Last updated: November 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Ed Kaelberer says:

    At one time I.had a 8.5 × 11 card with recipes for all well known drinks. Do you know of one that is available?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      I’m not sure, sorry!