Electrospray ionization of tyrosine from a 3:1 (v:v) CH3OH/H2O solution is found to afford an M - H ion which is a 70:30 mixture of phenoxide and carboxylate ions. This corresponds to the gas-phase equilibrium composition and not the liquid-phase proportions. In contrast, the carboxylate is produced as the dominant ion (∼95%) from anhydrous CH3CN and CH3CN/H2O mixtures. The addition of small amounts of CH3OH to the solvent, however, convert the M - H ion back into the gas-phase isomeric ratio. The isomeric structure therefore depends on the solvent system from which an ion is sprayed.