Shannon Ponche

Tamarind Sangrita
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Sangrita, a blend of juices, herbs, and spices traditionally served with tequila and mezcal to draw out their nuanced flavors, is growing in popularity in Mexico and the United States. A sangrita—“little blood”—is salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy all at once. This molasses-colored version seasoned with chiles and spices from Shannon Ponche at Leyenda in Brooklyn offers a sweet-sour balance for pairing with añejo tequila, like Tequila Ocho Añejo 2014 La Magueyera. Or, make a michelada by stirring 1/4 cup sangrita with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice in an ice-filled glass. Top with beer (this sangrita pairs well with a porter).
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Sangrita Roja
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Sangrita, a blend of juices, herbs and spices traditionally served with tequila and mezcal to draw out their nuanced flavors, is growing in popularity in Mexico and the United States. A sangrita—“little blood”—is salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy all at once. Reminiscent of Bloody Mary mix, sweetened with orange juice and pomegranate molasses, and with a touch of complexity from chiles de árbol, this beginner sangrita from Shannon Ponche at Leyenda in Brooklyn is perfect with blanco tequilas made with 100% blue agave, such as Siembra Valles Blanco. Or, make a michelada by stirring 1/4 cup of the sangrita with 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice in an ice-filled glass. Top with beer—this sangrita pairs well with a Mexican-style lager.
Mum's the Word
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Shannon Ponche describes Mum’s the Word as “floral and indulgent but easy-drinking.” The herbal liqueur Bénédictine gives the cocktail a lovely honey flavor. Slideshow: More Mezcal Cocktail RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015