Corona Sunrise

A Corona Sunrise is the perfect summer beverage. Refreshing and flavorful, this beer cocktail takes drinking a cold one to a whole new level.

a lime wedge is pushed into a pink corona beer cocktail.

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Corona Sunrise Cocktail recipe

Last year, the drink of the summer came down to two big contenders: the Dirty Shirley and the Corona Sunrise.

They have a lot in common. Both come together with just a few ingredients. They’re both fruity and bright drinks that contain grenadine. And they both had their moment on TikTok.

But the Corona Sunrise gets extra points because it’s uber portable — you make it right in a bottle of Corona beer! It’s the perfect sipper for relaxing by the pool, on the beach or in the backyard.

The sweetness of grenadine help to balance the bitter hoppiness of the beer, and the citrus juices help to cut through it too.

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two corona sunrise cocktails with lime wedges.

Why you’ll love this recipe

The Corona Sunrise might be your new favorite drink! Here’s why:

  • Made right in a Corona bottle, this cocktail is easy to make on-the-go (say, on the beach or by the pool).
  • It’s a great way to impress your guests with a colorful, ombré cocktail.
  • Deliciously fruity and flavorful, this Corona cocktail has just a hint of beer flavor.

Bring a cooler of beer and the drink’s ingredients along to the beach or pool so you can create them right in the glass! (As long as the rules say you can, of course.)

They’re also the perfect drink for backyard barbecues, summer gatherings, pool parties, taco night, Cinco de Mayo celebrations or whenever you want a refreshing drink.

a hand places a lime wedge in a corona bottle with a pink cocktail inside.

What is a Corona Sunrise?

Also called the Mexican Sunrise, the Corona Sunrise is a cocktail made with Corona Extra beer (or Corona Light beer) plus tequila, orange juice and a splash of grenadine syrup. It usually gets a garnish of a lime wedge in the neck of the bottle.

Essentially a Tequila Sunrise with beer, it’s mixed up right in the beer bottle, though it can also be made in a pint glass.

First, the beer is drunk down to the top of the label, then tequila and orange juice are added. When grenadine is added, it sinks to the bottom of the drink, creating a gradient effect that mimics a beach sunrise.

Tools & glassware

You don’t need a lot of fancy gear to make a Corona Sunrise! It’s a super easy cocktail. 

You’ll need a bottle opener (if yours aren’t twist-offs) as well as a jigger for measuring out the ingredients.

And a sharp knife is helpful for getting perfect lime wedges to drop down into the drinks.

two bottles of corona on a marble countertop.

Ingredients

You only need four ingredients, plus a garnish, to make a Corona Sunrise.

Mexican lager

You’ll need to start with a Mexican lager. The regular Corona Extra, of course, is the most common.

However, you could also make them with another Mexican lager such as Pacifico, Modelo, Presidente or even Bud Light Lime.

Some craft breweries make their own Mexican lagers, so those are worth a try as well. Or you could try it with other types of beer like a pale ale or a hefeweizen. 

If you’re planning to make this perfect cocktail for a party, be sure to pick up a 12-pack!

a lime wedge in a corona sunrise next to a jigger and a cutting board with oranges.

Tequila

Since it’s essentially a Tequila Sunrise with beer, you’ll also need tequila for this beer drink.

You can mix your favorite tequila into this colorful cocktail. There are a few types of tequila that I detail in my Tequila 101 crash course.

Blanco, or silver tequila, is best for the Corona Sunrise because it is clear and colorless. Gold tequila has added food color to make it seem aged, but it will taste just fine if you use it.

My favorite tequila brands right now are Sauza, El Jimador and Lunazul, but there are tons more out there. For a top-shelf Corona Sunrise, try Don Julio, Patron or Milagro.

Orange juice

If you have the time and the tools, squeezing your own orange juice will go a long way and provide the freshest flavor for your Corona Sunrises.

Navel oranges are most common, but cara cara oranges have a delicious, sweet flavor. Most oranges produce a few ounces of juice, which is all you need for one sunrise cocktail.

However, if you plan to make a bunch of Corona Sunrises, you’ll probably want to pick up a gallon of OJ.

If you purchase your orange juice, then you should grab one that has no pulp or low pulp. If there is pulp, even just a little, the bubbles will force it to float to the top. Totally fine, just not as pretty.

grenadine pouring into a bottle of orange juice and beer.

Grenadine

Lastly you’ll need grenadine, a pomegranate syrup with a brilliant red color. You can make homemade grenadine yourself with pomegranate juice or you can buy it.

It is available at most grocery stores — look near the other cocktail mixers and ingredients like bitters and sour mix. It is also available online.

This pomegranate syrup keeps in the fridge for about 2-3 months, so you can make all the Shirley Temples and Dirty Shirleys you want with it.

a lime wedge resting in the top of a beer bottle with a red cocktail.

Garnishes

A Corona beer is typically garnished with a wedge of lime, that can be squeezed and pushed down the neck into the drink to add some lime juice flavor to the drink.

The Tequila Sunrise usually gets an orange slice and a maraschino cherry or a cocktail cherry, the latter of which are usually soaked in brandy or rum and lack the bright red color of maraschinos.

Use any combination of these for your Corona Sunrise. These cocktails are tropical and beachy, so it doesn’t hurt to add a cocktail umbrella, too!

Variations and substitutions

You can use some of the same variations that are enjoyed for the Tequila Sunrise for the Corona version. 

Corona Sunset: Use grapefruit juice instead of orange juice.

Mango Corona Sunrise: Substitute mango juice for the orange juice.

Pineapple Corona Sunrise: Use pineapple juice instead of orange juice.

Malibu Sunset: Use coconut rum instead of tequila and pineapple juice instead of orange juice.

Spicy Corona Sunrise: Make it spicy with jalapeño tequila.

Frozen Corona Sunrise: Blend ice with the beer, orange juice and tequila. Pour the icy mixture into a glass, then carefully spoon the grenadine down the inside of the glass. It will sink to the bottom.

How to make a Corona Sunrise

The Corona Sunrise recipe is super simple to make! Here’s what to do: 

a bottle of corona beer that has been drunk to the top of the label.

Drink a Mexican lager down to the top of the label, leaving about ⅔ of the liquid.

a jigger pours tequila into a beer bottle.
pouring orange juice into a bottle of beer.

Pour in the tequila and orange juice into the bottle.

a hand pours grenadine syrup into a beer bottle.

Slowly pour the grenadine into the bottle. It will sink to the bottom.

Garnish with a small lime wedge in the mouth of the bottle. Squeeze the lime wedge to add some citrus juice, and push it through the neck of the bottle for even more lime flavor in this drink.

Tips & tricks

Drink down to the label first, or pour it into another glass. You want to leave enough room for the additions. Otherwise, your drink will overflow.

Always add the grenadine last for the sunrise/sunset effect.

Don’t stir the drink (unless you want to). It will lose the ombré effect.

Use homemade grenadine for a more natural flavor.  Store-bought grenadine is much sweeter.

a corona sunrise with a lime garnish next to an orange on a cutting board and a bottle opener.

What to serve with a Corona Sunrise

Mexican tequila and Corona are the perfect sidekick for any Mexican food.

Serve them with nachos or chips and guacamole for an appetizer, tacos for dinner and margarita bars for dessert.

The Tequila Sunrise is a favorite bar drink, so this beer version would also be good with usual bar snacks like fried pickles, pretzels and beer cheese dip or spicy popcorn.

two beer bottles with pink cocktails inside.

FAQ

What’s in a Corona Sunrise?

The ingredients for a Corona Sunrise include a cold Corona Extra or Corona Light beer, which is Mexican lager, plus tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup.

How do you make a Corona Sunrise?

Drink your cold Corona beer down to the top of the label. Add an ounce each of tequila and orange juice, then pour in a half ounce of grenadine syrup. Garnish with a lime wedge.

What does a Corona Sunrise taste like?

Fruity and bright, the Corona Sunrise is a sweet cocktail made with orange juice, tequila, grenadine syrup and a lime garnish. The citrus flavor of the orange juice and lime juice helps balance the grenadine’s sweetness. The sweetness helps to cut the bitterness of the tequila and the beer.

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a lime wedge is pushed into a pink corona beer cocktail.

Corona Sunrise

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

What happens when you mix a tequila sunrise with a beer? The Corona Sunrise is the most delicious summer cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Mexican lager, such as Corona Extra or Corona Light
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 lime wedge

Instructions

  1. Drink a Mexican lager down to the top of the label, leaving about ⅔ of the liquid.
  2. Pour in the tequila and orange juice into the bottle.
  3. Slowly pour the grenadine into the bottle. It will sink to the bottom.
  4. Garnish with a small lime wedge in the mouth of the bottle. Squeeze the lime wedge to add some citrus juice, and push it through the neck of the bottle for even more lime flavor in this drink.

Notes

Drink down to the label first, or pour some beer into another glass. You want to leave enough room for the additions. Otherwise, your drink will overflow.

Always add the grenadine last for the sunrise/sunset effect.

Don’t stir the drink (unless you want to). It will lose the ombré effect.

Use homemade grenadine for a more natural flavor. Store-bought grenadine is much sweeter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

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