Your Tequila is Missing These 3 Sangrita Recipes

Sangrita Recipes

One of the best tequila cocktail concoctions isn’t a Margarita or a Paloma. Nor does it even present itself as a complete cocktail. Chances are you haven’t heard of it. Or you may have it confused with something completely different. It’s Sangrita, and it is a phenomenal accompaniment to higher-end sipping tequila.  It’s almost as traditional as the most traditional “juice” for tequila shots – lime and salt. But before we throw back our favorite 3 Sangrita recipes, let’s get juicy and learn about the tequila side that’s making a comeback.

Sangrita is not Sangria. It’s not even Sangria with tequila in it. Sangria is a wine based punch of Spanish or Portuguese origins. While delicious (especially with tequila), it’s a cocktail on its own made with wine and fresh fruit, usually served in party-ready pitchers. The only similarity between Sangria and Sangrita (“little blood”) is the reddish-hue and fruit components.

Sangrita is also not Vampiro. They are probably more alike than Sangrita and Sangria – you can even use Sangrita as the base for Vampiro. The latter is a drink made from mixed fruit, tequila, and citrus soda. While Vampiro has the tequila already mixed in, you serve Sangrita alongside the agave spirit.

Mexican Fruit Salad

The classic Sangrita recipe allegedly dates back to Guadalajara in the 1920’s. Fruit salad made of sliced tangerines, cucumbers, papayas, mangoes, and sprinkled with chili-laced jicamas and pomegranate seeds sprinkled. “Pico de Gallo” was a Jalisco breakfast mainstay. Leftover juice from the fruit was reserved in small clay cups (caballitos) and served later in the day with Blanco tequila. Please, don’t think of Sangrita as a “chaser” to a shot of tequila.

Both the Sangrita and the tequila are sipped slowly and thoroughly enjoyed. And the rumored original recipe is just the starting point. You can combine a wide variety of juices and spices for the perfect Sangrita. And just as any combo of fruit makes a tasty Sangrita, Blanco tequila is the standard, but we encourage you to try Reposado and Añejo, too. Better yet, conduct a tasting and take notes of which juices and tequilas you enjoy the most.

If we’ve held your attention for this long, then we know that you are ready to give this little known and often misunderstood drink a whirl. There are hundreds of recipes out there. But lucky for you, we curated these dynamic recipes from our master mixologist, Kailee Asher. For the Sangrita recipes, she recommends making a batch and storing in the fridge. They will stay fresh for 2-3 days. ¡Salud!

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Sangrita Recipes

Cucumber Sangrita Recipe

Cucumber Sangrita
1 cucumber
1 green apple, cored
1 peeled orange
2 kale leaves
1 tbsp 100% Blue Agave Syrup
0.25 tsp vanilla extract

Add all ingredients except agave syrup and vanilla extract in a juicer*.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add agave syrup and vanilla extract.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.

*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Tomato Beet Sangrita Recipe

Tomato Beet Sangrita
2 large beefsteak tomato
0.5 fresh peeled beet
1 large carrot
0.5 peeled lemon
1 oz (small piece) fresh peeled ginger
0.5 tsp Yuzu Koshu

Add all ingredients except Yuzu Koshu in a juicer*.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add Yuzu Koshu.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.

*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Watermelon Sangrita Recipe

Watermelon Sangrita
6 – 8 oz cubed watermelon
0.5 peeled cucumber
1 peeled orange
1 peeled lime
1 tsp 100% Blue Agave Syrup
0.5 tsp Togarashi

Add all ingredients except agave syrup and Togarashi in a juicer.
Extract juice into a pitcher.
Add agave syrup and Togarashi.
Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.
 
*If you don’t have a juicer, a high-powered blender will do.

Looking for More than Just Sangrita Recipes

We understand that you might want something other than a sipper of Sangrita and tequila. Check out our searchable database of cocktail recipes. While we can’t be positive about the origins of Sangrita, we can be sure that you’ll find a few recipes that work for you.

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