Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
- 6 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded
- 3 oranges, juice of
- 2 limes, juice of
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste (A proper sangrita is quite spicy)
- tequila (optional)
- Combine all ingredients except the tequila in an electric blender.
- You may have to do this in batches, depending on the capacity of your blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve chilled or over a little crushed ice.
You can't have a Bandera without Sangrita! BTW, Sangrita would be more litteraly translated as "little blood". What is a bandera? It's how a lot of us in Mexico ask for our Tequila of choice. Bandera means flag. Mexico's flag is Green, White and Red... You are served a shot glass of criollo-lime juice, a shot glass of you favorite Tequila Blanco, and a shot glass of — you guessed it — Sangrita! It's the perfect chaser trio...
Well, I had regular Minute Maid orange juice on hand and also part of a bottle of tomato juice. So I used 3 cups of tomato juice plus 2 tomatoes and 1-1/2 cups orange juice. Since I only had one LARGE white onion, I only used 1/4 of it. It's hot and I've been relentlessly thirsty and found this very refreshing. It was also very spicy, thanks to the cayenne (actually I reduced the cayenne a little and added a dash of Tropical Pepper Co. Hot & Sweet Sauce), and a bit tangy thanks to the citrus. And did I add the tequila? You bet! All in all, a very nice thing to do to tomatoes.