Last night was the biggest party of the year all throughout Mexico.
Every year on the Eve of Independence Day, people gather in their town square to watch the re-enactment of Father Miguel Hidalgo's Grito de Dolores (Cry of Independence). Amidst the ringing church bells, fireworks and mariachi band playing, we all scream with great pride "Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico!"
In Mexico, it is not a party without Tequila.
So for this month's installment of She Made/Ella Hace with my good friend, Girlichef, we will be highlighting this liquid gold that is synonymous with Mexico. (And I just so happen to live in the Tequila capital of the world...the state of Jalisco.)
Tequila is best appreciated served straight and sipped slowly, like only the finest of wines. But many prefer to serve Tequila with a lemon/lime or grapefruit flavored soda. Me? I like my Tequila with a little Sangrita, the red stuff pictured above with the Tequila. Sangrita is a non-alcoholic beverage that Wikipedia refers to as a Tequila chaser. With it's tangy citrus flavor, I call it the perfect accompaniment to Tequila.
During our Semana Santa camping trip to El Rancho, we enjoyed "fancy" Tequila and Sangrita shots, served inside hollowed out cucumbers and tomatoes.
But my favorite way to enjoy Tequila and Sangrita is in a cocktail with orange juice, lime juice and grapefruit flavored soda, such as Squirt or Fresca.
I don't know the actual name of this cocktail. But maybe you can help me come up with a name.
Tequila & Sangrita Cocktail
- 1 oz. Sangrita
- 1 oz. Orange Juice
- 1 oz. Tequila
- Squirt or Fresca
- Limes, cut in half
Fill a low ball glass with ice. Pour the Sangrita, Orange Juice and Tequila over the ice. Top with a pinch of salt and the juice of half a lime. Finish filling the glass with Squirt. Enjoy!!!
If you prefer a stronger drink, you can double the amount of Sangrita, Tequila and Orange Juice.
And if you want something a little fancier, throw all of the ingredients in a blender, including lot of ice, for a Sangrita Margarita! Delicioso!
Now head on over to visit Girlichef to learn some interesting facts about Tequila!