Review: Viuda de Sanchez Sangrita

Viuda de Sanchez Sangrita
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I found Viuda de Sãnchez Sangrita online. It says "LA ORIGINAL" on the label. I ordered two bottles and waited for some authentic sangrita to arrive.
Although sangrita is considered to be an authentic companion to tequila,
which is considered to be around 200 years old, its origins only date back to the 1920s.
The original recipe is said to be based on leftover juices of a chili powder-covered fruit salad called pico de gallo. It was eaten during breakfast and after the fruit was consumed the left over juices would be poured into a clay predecessor to the caballito. The leftover juices would be stained red from the chili powder - not from tomatoes as they are not included in the recipe.
Sangrita's international popularity can be directly attributed to the 100% agave tequila craze. Until relatively recently it was virtually unknown outside of Jalisco. Sometimes it is used as a chaser to reduce the heat and taste of lower quality tequilas when, in fact, it should be served to complement and enhance the tequila experience.
Viuda de Sãnchez Sangrita is a sangrita manufactured in Mexico by Casa Cuervo. It's the best selling sangrita in Mexico.
Viuda de Sanchez Sangrita and caballito shot glassIt is slightly viscous like like juice concentrate and is just about as sweet. You can see a bit of chili powder infused in the red-orange liquid. It smells and tastes like a hawaiian punch/orange sports drink - sweet and salty. At first, Viuda de Sãnchez seems too sweet but after spending some time sipping it with tequila and some lime juice it really starts to shine. The aftertaste is a mix of salty/chili and it leaves a slight chili burn on the tongue.

Viuda de Sãnchez Sangrita is available in a 1 liter bottles that retail for about $6.

Viuda de Sãnchez Sangrita ingredients:
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Hot Sauce
  • Citric Acid
  • Orange Emulsion
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Xantham Gum
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Red 40 and Yellow 6.
If you are looking for a bottled sangrita give Viuda de Sãnchez a try, but just buy one bottle until you know you like it.

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