How to Make Sangrita

Sangrita is an easy to prepare tequila chaser that I think you will enjoy.

September 23, 2010


Sangrita is a chaser that you drink as a follow-up to a shot of tequila. Not aged tequila, mind you, but a tequila that is clear and has the words “blanco” or “plata” or “silver” (plata means silver in Spanish) on the label. Sangrita tastes very good.

You can order sangrita at Barrio or The Saint on Capitol Hill, or you can make it at home. It’s a fun thing for a party because a lot of adults think drinking straight spirits is crazy. Have you noticed this? It’s like you’ve offered them LSD or something when you invite them to imbibe something on its own. So they’ll feel daring and wasted after they’ve had some, much more daring and wasted than they are. And this will make your party more fun. (See also: absinthe.)

Make sure you buy a bottle of good tequila to serve your guests, because bad tequila is just a total scourge. If you’re a one-bottle-of-tequila household, try Milagro Silver, which I know you can buy at the SoDo liquor store at 2960 4th Ave S. It works well in cocktails too and it’s a pretty good value at $33.95.

This sangrita recipe is from Barrio:

3/4oz tomato juice
1/2oz orange juice
1/4oz lime juice
dash of tabasco sauce
dash of worcester sauce
pinch of celery salt
pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients and serve in a shot glass alongside straight tequila.

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