Taynton Bay Pickled Vodka with Spicy Sangrita
Guest blogger, Mike back again. Try this Taynton Bay Pickled Vodka with Spicy Sangrita at your next dinner party. Having been to Mexico City a number of times and sampled the Tequila, the inspiration for this drink comes from these trips. Whenever I ordered Tequila in a restaurant it always came with the Tequila (of course) and a side of Sangrita.
Sangrita is a spicy tomato juice based drink that is often served as a side addition to sipping Tequila. Have a sip of Tequila, followed by a sip of Sangrita. This is a more civilized way of drinking one’s Tequila without slamming the shot, chasing it with lime and salt and yelling across the bar!
Anyway, we are not going to talk about Tequila anymore given that we don’t live in Mexico. Our local craft distillery, Taynton Bay Spirits, has a line of craft products perfect for the same experience right here in Canada. This recipe is a spicy, savory accompaniment to the drink. If this isn’t your thing, perhaps a sweeter version of a Taynton Bay cocktail is more your go to. Try a Taynton by the Beach which is perfect for pretending you are sitting on warm beach enjoying the sun.
One of the things we really like about Taynton Bay Spirits is that the flavoured vodka is naturally infused. In the case of the Pickled Vodka, (I know!! Pickled Vodka!!!), it is flavoured with the brine from Sophie’s Pickles from right here in the Columbia Valley! These guys support local from right here in the Columbia Valley! Every bottle comes with a piece of pickled asparagus.
If this sounds appealing to you, here are a few tips on adding Taynton Bay Pickled Vodka with Spicy Sangrita to your dinner party.
First, make the Sangrita ahead of time and put it in the fridge for a least a few hours. This not only cools the drink but allows the flavours to meld. This makes it a smoother experience just right for sipping. Remember this is supposed to be civilized, not something you drink right from the bottle.
I like to chill the Pickled Vodka as well. I think chilling the vodka smooths it out but this is just my personal preference.
In Mexico, the drink / Sangrita was often served during the appetizer course as something that you can just sip on while chatting and waiting for your meal. We might have ordered one or two as a finisher as well! Give it a try, I expect you will love it.
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Spicy addition for your drinks.
- 10 Ounces Tomato Juice
- 1 Ounce Lime Juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Ounces Orange Juice
- 1 Ounce Hot Sauce (Franks Hot Sauce)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Salt
Combine ingredients into a measuring cup. Still well to combine ingredients. Ready to serve.