Spicy Pineapple-Cucumber Sangrita

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Chasing a shot of tequila with lime is routine. But with good tequila, the best way to enjoy it is not as a shot, but sipped with sangrita—a bright, tart, spicy fruit drink—on the side. While the original was made with sour oranges and pomegranate, this one blends tropical pineapple juice with just a hint of cooling cucumber, then heats things up with a dash of chili powder. Serve it alongside a high-quality silver tequila.