Tequila Sunrise Special – Three Variations, tequila review (episode 87)

Get out your platform shoes, your high-heeled sneakers and your ‘Fro pick, people! On this Special Edition Tequila Whisperer episode, Lippy welcomes Master Mixologist, Jeff Burkhart to the Show!

Watch and learn as Lippy gets schooled in the history of the renowned TEQUILA SUNRISE cocktail.  Jeff makes three very different variants on this classic drink: Look for recipes from the 30’s, from the 70’s, and his own contemporary take on the “Sunrise” for today’s demanding barflys!  It’s an all-sunrise Special Edition show featuring perhaps the world’s most beautiful cocktail. Salud!


It was an incredible treat to have custom cocktails made by your own personal Mixologist!  Th’ Lip cannot recommend this pursuit highly enough (ha!) Next time you’re hosting an event which will require a bartender to man the drink station – DO NOT FORGET to request a least ONE custom-made drink for yourself before all of the guests arrive.  It’s a sinful delight which you DESERVE – We Say So!

Jeff created three very different-tasting variations on the Tequila Sunrise according to the eras in which they thrived.  Your Tequila Whisperer was especially enthralled with Jeff’s most contemporary variation; the “Bolinas Sunrise” featuring Gran Centenario anejo and Royal Combier (among other gourmet ingredients).

It’s time to bring back the mighty Sunrise!


GRAN CENTENARIO Anejo, Royal Combier


Gene Sulit’s Original Sunrise

1½ ounces blanco tequila

¾ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

1 ounce sparkling water (not mineral water)

½ ounce crème de cassis liqueur

Lime wedge

Combine tequila and lime juice with ice in a mixing glass. Shake to combine and pour into tall Collins glass. Top with soda and add crème de cassis carefully so it sinks to bottom. Garnish with lime and serve. Sip while considering whether a hotel with bar and restaurant named after an architect who said himself that he didn’t design it, can take credit for a drink from the 1930’s.

Bobby Lozoff’s Trident Tequila Sunrise

1½ ounces reposado tequila

3 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice

½ ounce of Stirrings Authentic Grenadine

1 Tilden Farms all natural maraschino cherry

1 organic orange wheel

Combine tequila and orange juice with ice in a fancy thistle glass (tulip shaped). Stir to combine. Add grenadine carefully so it sinks to bottom. Garnish with orange wheel and cherry. Sip with straw while blasting the Rolling Stones “All Down the Line”.

Jeff Burkhart’s Bolinas Sunset

1½ ounces anejo tequila

¾ ounce Royal Combier liqueur

¾ ounce fresh lime

¾ ounce fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ ounce Stirrings Authentic Grenadine

¼ ounce Mathilde Cassis liqueur

1 Tilden Farms all natural maraschino cherry

Combine first four ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine. Pour mixture into double old fashioned glass. Carefully add first grenadine then cassis to create “sunset” effect. Garnish with cherry and relax like you’re in Bolinas.

Grenadine Recipe

2 or 3 pomegranates

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

Clean enough pomegranates to produce 1 scant cup of seeds (using surgical gloves is a good idea). Combine sugar, water and seeds in a non-reactive pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes. Strain through fine sieve to remove seeds and return liquid to pan. Continue to simmer until reduced to 1 cup. Allow to cool and refrigerate. Keeps for about a week.

Jeff’s Publications:

What Do You Know About Wine? 2012

Name Your Poison

Jeff’s Website:


2 thoughts on “Tequila Sunrise Special – Three Variations, tequila review (episode 87)”

  1. Great show! Loved it! You and Jeff should team up again. The dynamic duo mixes it up (literally), and are a ton of fun to watch!

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