What you really should be drinking with your tequila: Sangrita

May 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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Every year when Cinco de Mayo rolls around, we all start sharing Margarita recipes. And who can blame us? Sweet, tart, salty Margaritas are delicious. But there's another classic Mexican way to enjoy tequila: with sangrita.

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We're not talking about sangria, the wine-based fruit punch. Sangrita, which means "a little blood," is a kind of palate cleanser you sip while sampling different tequilas. Or you can sip it between shots, if you want to get pleasantly buzzed but still walk away from your party with dignity. Know what I mean? I think you do. Take with a wedge or two or four of lime.

Entonces, two sangria recipes — one sweet, one a little more tomato-y.

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Sweet sangrita

Serves 20 shots

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • hot sauce to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together well and pour 1-ounce servings in shot glasses. Drink between shots of tequila or mezcal.

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Tart sangrita

Serves 18 shots

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • hot sauce to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together well and pour 1-ounce servings in shot glasses. Drink between shots of tequila or mezcal.

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