Sangrita is a traditional savory beverage served alongside a quality shot of tequila as a way to cleanse the palate between sips. Many trace its origins back to region of Jalisco, Mexico, where it is said to have been made from the leftover citrus juices of a popular fruit salad covered in dried chili. Today, it comes in many variations and often differs by region. Some consider sangrita to be tomato based (think brighter than your average Bloody Mary mix), while others believe it to be more citrus forward combining orange and lime juices as the base.
Teardrop will be serving a trio of house-made sangrita recipes alongside three different expressions of Siete Leguas tequilas. The flight is $17 and is available throughout September.
The flight includes:
- Blanco paired with a mix of pineapple juice, sherry and spices. This sangrita includes pineapple juice, lime, sherry blend, spicy mango chutney, poblano chili, mint and spices (coriander, cumin, smoked salt, turmeric and garam masala).
- Reposado paired with heirloom tomato water sangrita. Teardrop roasts tomatoes with spices, purées them and then steeps overnight to drain a clear, austere rendition of tomato juice.
- Añejo paired with roasted tomatillo sangrita. This is the most traditional version, except with tomatillo instead of tomato. It consists tomatillo, onion, jalapeño, grenadine, lime, orange and grapefruit.
Teardrop Lounge is open daily from 4 PM – close. It is located at 1015 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209. For more information or to check out the current summer menu, visit www.teardroplounge.com.