Cinco de Mayo Sip ‘n Snack
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities this weekend, Kerri and I had a hankering for sangrita. What is sangrita, you ask?!? Well, it is a tasty little number, one that you definitely want to try. It is a traditional Mexican non-alcoholic aperitif, a combination of juices and spices, and used alternately to sip in conjunction with high-end tequila. Now I am a tequila lover and believe me when I say, it makes the Patron taste even tastier! It is the perfect partner to tequila, cleansing and brightening, as you sip along. The origin of sangrita is often debated, but Kerri and I are glad we tasted the goodness on our lips one festive night in NYC. So here is our version we concocted to our liking and to be perfectly married to our Patron this weekend. Salud!
1 cup organic strained tomatoes (We used Bionaturae)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons spicy pickle juice (We used the juice from McClure’s spicy spears)
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
3 pinches of chili salt, plus extra for garnish (We used the chili margarita salt from Williams Sonoma)
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/8 cup water
Throw all ingredients in your Vitamix and blend away. Makes 2 cups. Serve the sangrita chilled (but the tequila should always be room temperature!)
And for our little sangrita fiesta, we of course had to have something to nibble! We whipped up some guacamole as well.
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon tequila (yep, that’s right, tequila)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
dashes of hot sauce, optional (We dashed in smoked chipotle hot sauce, yum!)
Place all ingredients in a bowl or molcajete and mix together. (Neither Kerri nor I had a molcajete, so a good tip for mixing the guac all together is a pastry blender… works fabulously!)
Serve the guacamole with tortilla chips, tequila shots, and sangrita. Oh. my. goodness. The festive tastiness that you are about to partake in! 🙂 Again, salud!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Salud! Patadas de talon (heel kicks!) 🙂