Look, there is literally nothing sophisticated about the tequila sunrise, but sometimes you don’t want to be sophisticated. Sometimes you want to watch trashy TV while wearing a blanket that claims to be an article of clothing. Sometimes you want to eat Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese and dance in your apartment by yourself to a collection of ‘90s jams. Sometimes you want to wear an unironic plaid shirt and eat a slice of 99-cent pizza and get into an arm wrestling match with your brother. Sometimes you want a Rice Krispie treat more than a macaron.
Relatedly, sometimes you want to drink like a nineteen-year-old with a starter moustache who thinks that Mexican food is super exotic, and for that mood, the best of the tequila drinks is the Tequila Sunrise. And if you’re going to make a tequila sunrise drink, you should make it right, and unabashedly. Juice an orange, pretend it’s 1978, and sip away.