Mordida del Chupacabra

Bite of the Chupacabra

Mexico has a Sasquatch of its own: the legendary chupacabra (literally, “goat sucker”), a squat, hairy . . . um . . . thing, which sucks the blood out of small animals in the night and can presumably be conjured up by Mami to keep naughty children in line. Most of your encounters with chupacabras will be in daylight at the local juice stand, where the popular mixture of fresh fruit, beet, and other vegetable juices makes a healthy (if blood-colored) start to the day. The juice forms the base for an excellent, unusual, and very healthy cocktail.

Ingredients

Method

Fill a 14-ounce glass with ice cubes, then pour in the tequila and chupacabra juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and skewered vegetables or a celery stalk.

Garnish

Lemon wedge and skewered fresh vegetable chunks (such as cherry tomato, cucumber, olive, jicama, celery) or a celery stalk

Variations

  • Rim the glass with ground chile powder or black sea salt (see for technique).
  • Crush a slice of jalapeño in the bottom of the glass before adding ice, or add a dash or two of bottled hot sauce.