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It’s Cinco de Mayo!

We thought we’d celebrate by showcasing a Mexican drinking tradition that features the non-alcoholic and spicy drink: the Sangrita.

Traditionally the Sangrita is enjoyed alongside a blanco tequila to help cleanse the palate and contrast the peppery qualities of the tequila with its own spicy acidity. But the folks at Casa Noble took it a step further with their Casa Noble Ritual:

  • One sip of Sangrita
  • One sip of Casa Noble Crystal
  • A couple sips of Corona Extra beer

In San Francisco the “beer and a shot” is currently the Bartenders’ secret handshake – so mixing the tradition of Sangrita with Tequila with beer just makes sense.

The Sangrita

Translated as “little blood”, this non-alcoholic drink is often the subject of confusion. The name is often confused with “Sangria” (which as we know is a very different drink) and the recipe is often confused with the Bloody Mary – where folks mistake the red appearance for tomato juice. In actuality, there is no tomato juice in a true Sangrita – the red color comes from chile powder and pomegranate juice, and the pulpy texture from the orange juice.

That said – drink what you like! If you’ve found a Sangrita variation with tomato juice that you enjoy – go for it. I’m not going to tell you what to drink!

Check out the Sangrita recipe below and I definitely encourage you to give it a try – it’s great on its own, it’s great alongside any blanco tequila and it’s fantastic in the “Casa Noble Ritual” as described above!



Sangrita is part one of this three-part drinking ritual that supposedly originates in the town of Chapala, Mexico. Regardless, it’s delicious!
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  • 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Pomegranate Concentrate You can use pomegranate grenadine instead
  • 2 dashes Tapatio Hot Sauce


  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a rocks glass.