Classic Sangrita With Orange Juice, Pomegranate, and Chili Recipe

Chase your tequila the classic, grown-up way—with this fruity, spicy sangrita made of pomegranate, lime, and orange juices.

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Photograph: Vicky Wasik

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  1. 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.

Notes

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.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
51 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 123mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)