Sangrita chasers add a tasty twist to the average shot of tequila. There are two common ways to make it: a traditional orange juice recipe popular in Mexico and an 'American' version that features tomato juice. Either recipe can be as spicy as you want to make it.
The Sangrita is fun and interactive and you can customize it to fit your own taste or whatever you have in stock at the moment. It's a two-part shooter, so you will first take a shot of your favorite tequila then quickly chase it with the savory or fruity mix of your choice.
There are as many recipes for Sangrita as there are people who love it. It's one of those drinks that you can make your own by varying the ingredients and the possibilities are seemingly endless.
A Sangrita With Orange Juice
Citrus juices are the stars of the first Sangrita and this is one of the more traditional recipes. The orange and lime are offset with sweet grenadine and a little hot sauce or chile powder is thrown in for a spicy kick.
- Fill one shot glass with the straight tequila of your choice.
- In a cocktail shaker, mix the other ingredients and shake well with ice.
- Strain into a second shot glass and add a slice of jalapeno.
- To drink it, begin with the straight tequila and quickly chase that with the orange juice mix.
The Tomato-Based Sangrita
The Sangrita originated in Mexico, the home of tequila and it's meant to make the straight shot a little easier to get down.
While the citrus-based recipe is considered the original Sangrita, the drink took a turn when it was popularized in the U.S.
You will notice that the second shot glass in this recipe is filled with a simplified Bloody Mary mix. It is a fantastic follow up to tequila and those few drops of hot sauce can really add a spicy kick to the drink.
To make the shot, shake 1 ounce tomato or clamato juice with 3 to 5 drops Tabasco sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and ice. Strain into a shot glass and add a slice of jalapeno pepper if you like. Fill a second glass with a shot of tequila. Drink the tequila, then chase it with the tomato mix.
More Tips for Making a Great Sangrita
The Tequila. It's tempting to be cheap when it comes to tequila you intend to shoot. Why bother spending a few extra dollars when it's gone in seconds, right? While I'm not suggesting you fork over a large amount of cash for this or any tequila shot, it is important to choose one that you wouldn't mind drinking a little slower.
Yes, the chaser will clean your palate and ease the shock from a less-than-ideal tequila. If, however, you start with a decent tequila, the entire drinking experience will be just a little bit better.
When it comes to choosing a style of tequila, a blanco or reposado will do just fine. Again, it's tempting to choose that gold tequila you know from college, but the tequila market is a completely different animal now and there are much better options available.
Sangrita for a Crowd. The recipes above are for a single drink and can easily be multiplied to make a large batch of Sangrita.
Simply store the mix in the refrigerator until needed.
For this, it's recommended to blend the mixture, which is another option if using fresh picked tomatoes as opposed to store bought juice. This is convenient for parties and those who enjoy a Sangrita every now and then (it's a tasty sipper and you don't have to shoot it).
Customize Your Sangrita. You have many options when it comes to the ingredients of either Sangrita recipe. You might want to use grapefruit or pineapple juice instead of orange, or substitute the grenadine with agave nectar or simple syrup.
In the tomato version, think about spicing it up with onion powder, ginger, salt, Maggi seasoning, celery salt, ground pepper, wasabi, or other chile peppers. Either version can have a little coriander or mint added for contrast.
There are no rules with Sangrita, so just have fun with it!
How Strong are These Sangrita Shots?
If you think about it, the second step in this two-part shooter simply cuts the strength of the tequila in half. Both glasses will have the same volume: one is filled with alcohol while the other has none. This means that if you pour an 80-proof tequila and follow it with the Sangrita, you're essentially drinking a 40-proof shot even if it's not mixed.
That, however, does not necessarily mean you have many rounds of Sangrita. The effect of the tequila will be the same, you're simply giving your stomach a little more substance to combat it. In the end, this might not be the best option, either. If you go overboard, the Sangrita will not be much fun if it comes back up.