This cocktail will take a little time to prepare because you’ll need to brew up a batch of sangrita, Mexico’s answer to a Bloody Mary mix. It’s well worth the effort, however, because this is a truly authentic Mexican cocktail that will delight Tequila fans.
To make your sangrita, cover a very thin slice of onion with a quarter cup of lime juice. Let it soak for a couple of hours, then throw out the onion slice. Stir in a cup of fresh orange juice. Use blood oranges if you can. Add a dash of hot sauce, any brand that’s jalapeno based and truly spicy. Add a dash of salt and chill before using in your cocktail.
If you don’t use blood oranges, you won’t get the hallmark red colour that represents the “blood” in this vampire cocktail. Some recipes add tomato juice, but that can really spoil the taste of the citrus. Try using a drop or two of grenadine or pomegranate juice instead if you need a richer colour.
Finally, don’t skimp on the tequila. If you’ve gone to all this trouble, choose one that’s 100% agave.
Here’s the recipe for making a Vampiro Cocktail:
- 45ml Tequila
- 90ml Sangrita
- 45ml citrus soda
- 10ml lime juice
- Lime wedge to garnish
- Rim an old-fashioned glass by rubbing the lip with a wedge of lime and placing it upside down on a dish of salt.
- Fill with ice
- Add the Tequila, Sangrita and lime juice
- Stir gently
- Top with a splash of citrus flavoured soda
- Add a pinch of salt
- Garnish with a wedge of lime