Germans love to party. That’s one of the first things I learned when I came to Germany to visit one of my best friends when I was 18. I actually went to my first ever club on that trip (it was quite the experience) and was shocked when we purchased beer to bring to an official high school party with teachers and parents present. Sneaking in drinks I understood, but blatantly drinking with adults was a lot for 18-year-old me. Life looks a lot different when the drinking age starts at 16.
Nowadays, I am still trying to keep up with partying abilities of my German friends. It takes a lot of skill to learn how to party until 6 am and still be able to function. I’ve also discovered my absolute favorite shot, a Mexikaner, which is a German party favorite. It’s basically like a spicy Bloody Mary. But if you don’t like Bloody Marys, fear not, I don’t like them either but I still love this shot. I promise that it will be a hit at your next party (or brunch!).
For the Mexikaner:
- 1 liter tomato Juice
- 700 ml vodka
- 1.8 liter Sangrita Pikante (self-made using recipe below)
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- Few drops Tabasco
For the Sangrita Pikante:
- 8 tsp Lemon Juice
- 200 ml Water
- 100 ml Orange Juice
- 500 ml Spicy Tomato Juice
- 1 liter Tomato Juice
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Black Peppter
- 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Few drops of Tabasco
The first step is to make the Sangrita Pikante. You can purchase this at the store in Germany, but it’s much cheaper to make on your own. Simply mix the Lemon Juice, Water, Orange Juice, Spicy Tomato Juice, and Tomato Juice together in a large bowl.
Then add the Sugar, Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, and Tabasco. While spicing, you may want to continually taste the Sangrita and add or leave out spices according to your liking.
Next, add the remaining liquid ingredients (Tomato Juice and Vodka) to the Sangrita. You will need a bowl that is able to hold 3 liters of liquid. (Alternatively, you can separate the Sangrita evenly into two bowls and divide the rest of the ingredients in half. Add half of the ingredients to each portion of Sangrita. This is what I did because I didn’t have a large enough bowl!) Now add salt, pepper, and Tabasco to taste.
Chill the Mexikaner in the fridge for several hours, serve in shot glasses, and get the party started!