TBT Classic Cocktail #12: Sangrita!

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No, not sangria. SanGRITa.

Now that we have that out of the way–happy Throwback Thursday everyone!

This week’s TBT classic cocktail is not so much a cocktail as it is a very, very delicious tequila chaser, but we think that counts, right?

Sangrita is a traditional drink consumed with tequila originating in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. It means “little blood” and is usually made from a combination of various juices and spices. The drink is meant to be sipped along with a 100% agave tequila, as it compliments the peppery taste of the alcohol extremely well.

The actual makeup of sangrita recipes varies rather widely, with some including more fruit, others focusing on pico de gallo, and others still basing the drink off of tomato juice. Although there is great debate over the use of tomatoes in sangrita, we find it to be an essential ingredient–so go ahead and say what you want, haters.

Anyhoo, back on point, lets get down to business with our recipe, shall we?

For The Woman At The Bar Sangrita, you will need:

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  • 2 1/2 oz tomato juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • pinch of salt & pepper to taste

(Note: this recipe makes enough for 2-4 people, depending on how many shots of tequila you are planning to drink.)

Although there are a lot of ingredients, the actual process of putting it together once you have them is rather simple: you simply combine everything in a bowl or glass, stir, and you are ready to go!

The one major note as always is to, of couse, use fresh squeezed orange and lime juice. The drink will be disgusting if you use store-bought.

So, once your sangrita is all mixed, pour yourself a shot of high quality tequila (if there was ever a time for Don Julio, it is now) and get to sipping! You should not be downing this all at once, it is meant to be savored.

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So savor it, why don’t you!

Enjoy, everyone!

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