14 September, 2011

Celebrating Mexico style!

Mexican most important festivities are around the corner ‘Independence day’ and we thought of many ways to celebrate online with our dear friends… Could not come up with something more ‘suitable’ than sharing the recipe of Sangrita, the perfect complement for Tequila ~like no other; and you know we do love Tequila!

So, friends, we propose a toast for Mexico and the beauty of its natural scenarios, the folklore and traditions passed along generations, and most of all: the colorful hearts that build this country day by day! Viva Mexico!

Please allow us to share this article about Sangrita written by Beth, our star blogger friend of omgyummy.wordpress.com (originally shared on Cinco de Mayo) after her visit to Grand Velas Riviera Maya.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sangrita – What Makes Tequila Completo!

Extract taken from omgyummy.com blog

@TechSavvyTeen's photo surrealistic view of the Grand Velas pool

Since last August when we returned from our decadent and surreal vacation at The Grand Velas Resort in Playa del Carmen Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, I’ve been plotting to write a post about sangrita. Cinco de Mayo seemed like the perfect excuse. Yes, I meant to type SangriTa. A discovery we made in the pool bar one lovely afternoon…

pool bar at the Grand Velas Riviera MayaOur favorite pool bar under the thatch roof hut

Pool bartender extraordinaire, José, was generously pouring our afternoon tequila shots, when he asked: Would you like some sangrita? I heard the question as: Would you like some sangria, which for me, compared to shots of tequila, well, there is no comparison so I quickly said thanks, but no thanks. He stood firm. You really should try this sangrita if you like the tequila. It’s how we drink our tequila in the Yucatan – it’s called Completo. Ok – well José had not steered us wrong on the tequila so far so this was an easy leap of faith, especially after the first shot.

Sangrita - a perfect complement to Tequila

To enjoy, you need two shot glasses, one filled with sangrita, one with tequila. You take a sip of sangrita, then a sip of tequila. It’s a little slice of tequila heaven – refreshing like a great bloody mary at brunch. Hmmm…tequila at Mother’s Day brunch. I like that idea.

I tried a couple of different versions with @DormantChef as the tester. His favorite version was this:

Sangrita

Makes about 1 3/4 cups. Can be doubled.

1 cup bloody mary mix (any brand you prefer)

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (store-bought could work)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 of a serrano pepper, rough chopped (I left the seeds in)

fresh ground pepper to taste

2 or 3 splashes of Worcestershire sauce (to taste)

Sangrita and Tequla = Completo

Add first 4 ingredients to blender and liquefy for a few seconds. Taste and then add ground pepper and worcestershire to taste.

The idea is to provide a complement, a balance to the tequila. The best recipe is the one that your palate enjoys with the tequila you are serving.

We enjoyed so many aspects of our trip to The Grand Velas in the Yucatan Peninsula but this unexpected drink discovery at the pool bar was one of our most memorable highlights of the vacation. Thanks José!

Read the full story: omgyummy.com

 
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