Drinks writer Rob Chirico says the Tequila Sunrise—a blend of tequila and orange juice, with a grenadine glow at the bottom of the glass—is a Prohibition-era cocktail invented at the Agua Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico.
“Improving” a cocktail does not necessarily mean making it better. The term simply means something was added to the traditional combination of spirit, sugar, water, and bitters associated with an Old Fashioned style cocktail. In this case, Charlotte “improves” this tequila Old Fashioned by adding Maraschino and two types of bitters.
Lightly charring the lemon slices intensifies their flavor and creates a gorgeous look for this delicious chicken dinner. Be sure to include any of the sweet, tangy liquid the lemons give off in the bowl; it adds incredible depth to the sauce.