Tequila and Orange Juice

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Tequila and orange juice are a wonderful pairing! This easy mixed drink can be whipped up in less than a minute. It’s a great cocktail for summer brunch or just sipping. Add in a dash of grenadine to make a tequila sunrise.

We’re all about easy tequila cocktails! Tequila is the perfect spirit to add to orange making a tequila screwdriver and a tequila sunrise. This is the perfect brunch cocktail and it’s also inexpensive to make.

tequila and orange juice cocktail

Check out all of our favorite orange jucie cocktail recipes too!

All About Orange Juice

Orange juice is a classic refrigerator staple. The drink can be made using any type of orange and is thus available in several varieties, including:

  • Blood orange
  • Navel orange
  • Valencia orange
  • Clementine
  • Tangerine

Grown in warmer areas like California and Florida, oranges are packed with vitamins—most notably vitamin c. The sun-kissed growing process gives freshly squeezed orange juice a bright, energizing citrus flavor.

cup of ice, tequila, lime and orange juice

Mix Tequila and Orange Juice

To make this cocktail you’ll

Tequila – Use a decent Blanco or gold tequila to make this drink. You don’t need a sipping tequila but something that is perfect for cocktails.

Orange Juice – Freshly squeezed oranges are always best. However, there are good options for 100% orange juice at the store. Buy one with zero added sugar.

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Tequila Sunrise

To make this cocktail, add the orange juice into a glass filled with ice. Then pour in the tequila. Give it a stir and a 1/2 ounce grenadine over the top.

The grenadine will float on the top and slowly blend into the orange juice making the most beautiful color!

Cocktail Variations

A dash of grenadine to make a tequila sunrise.

Add in fresh lime juice to give it a margarita flavor.

A dash of mezcal for a smoky flavor.

Garnish with a cherry and lime wedge.

How can I juice an orange without a juicer?

If you don’t have a juicer, you can still make a cocktail with freshly squeezed orange juice.

To extract the juice from an orange, cut the orange into eight wedges and squeeze the juice out with your hands into a small bowl. Alternatively, you can cut an orange in half and twist the juice out with the tines of a fork. Firmly rolling the orange on the counter before squeezing will loosen the membranes inside and yield you more juice. 

What is the best tequila for cocktails?

Tequila Blanco, also known as silver tequila, is young and only aged in oak for up to 2 months. It has a strong flavor and mixes the best with a variety of—often fruity—flavors.

What is a good inexpensive tequila for cocktails?

Tequila doesn’t have to be pricey to be enjoyed. In fact, the best tequila for parties and social gatherings is the kind that doesn’t break the bank.

Some of the greatest inexpensive tequila brands include:

  • El Destilador – $15
  • Espolon – $20
  • Patron Silver – $20
  • Sauza Blue Silver -$17
  • Don Julio – $20
  • El Jimador Silver – $20
  • Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata – $21

Need more ideas? Check out 10 Best Tequilas for Cocktails.

tequila and orange juice in a glass

Variaties of Tequila

The three types of tequila make up the bulk of tequila distributions. However, there are two less common variants out there for the more daring tequila connoisseurs to enjoy.

  1. Blanco – 100% blue agave
  2. Tequila Joven –  Some aged tequila + unaged tequila blend
  3. Reposado – Aged for two months up to a year
  4. Añejo – Aged for at least a year
  5. Extra Añejo – The rarest tequila. Aged for at least 3 years

When to Serve a Tequila and Orange Juice Cocktail

This is a summer cocktail so it should be served in the warmer months. Here are some ideas for when to serve this drink:


Pool Party 

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

best tequil and orange juice cocktail with lime and orange wedge

More Orange Juice Cocktail Recipes

Cocktails with orange juice and tequila are great but there are several other drinks you can make too. Here are a few of our favorites:

Whiskey and Orange Juice

Vodka and Orange Juice

Classic Mimosa

Rum and Orange Juice

Prosecco Mimosa

Rum Punch

Pineapple Orange Party Punch

For more drink ideas check out our strawberry tequila sodas, lemonade margarita and four delicious agua fresca recipes too.

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tequila and orange juice cocktail

Tequila and Orange Juice

A simple, two-ingredient cocktail made with tequila and orange juice.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Eden


  • 5 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice


  • Fill a glass with ice.
    glass filled with ice to make an orange cocktail
  • Pour in the orange juice and tequila.
    pouring tequila into a glass
  • Add the lime juice.
    tequila and orange juice cocktail


Add more or less orange juice and tequila, depending on how strong you like the drink.
Add a dash of grenadine to make a tequila sunrise.
Add a pinch of salt to give it a margarita flair.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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