Why It Works
- Mixing orange and lime juices approximates the sour orange that flavored the original sangrita.
- Pomegranate juice gives the sangrita its vibrant color and a touch of sweetness.
Chasing a shot of tequila with lime is routine. But if you have 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.
This one, based on a recipe by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, is closer to the original version, which was made with sour oranges. A combination of lime and orange juices stands in for sour orange here, while pomegranate juice adds sweetness and color. Serve it with a high-quality sipping tequila.
- 1 ounce (30ml) fresh juice from 1 orange
- 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh juice from 2 limes
- 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh or from-concentrate pomegranate juice
- 1/2 tablespoon (6g) sugar
- Pinch Pequin chili powder (you can substitute cayenne or another hot red chili powder)
In a small bowl, combine orange juice, lime juice, pomegranate juice, sugar, and chili powder and stir until sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust lime, sugar, chili powder, or other ingredients if desired. Chill in the refrigerator or by stirring with ice briefly and then straining. Serve in a shot glass alongside a good-quality silver tequila.
The quantities here are for 1 shot of sangrita; multiply the ingredients to make more servings at once. Fresh fruit juices can vary significantly in terms of flavor, sweetness, and tartness, so don't just follow the recipe blindly: Make sure to taste the sangrita and adjust to get the balance just right.