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Hair of the Dog, Day of the Dead: Drink Some Sangrita & Tequila

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Tequila and sangrita from Ammo's small batch tasting earlier this year (Caroline on Crack/LAist)
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Whether you're celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (LAist Event Guide) or nursing a serious day-after Halloween hangover, one way to take away the sting and take part in a cultural tradition is to sip on some Sangrita. No, not Sangria--don't confuse this tomato-citrus-spice sipping drink with the fruit infused wine of tapas bars and lazy summer days. In fact, the Sangrita itself doesn't contain alcohol; it's meant to be sipped alongside a shot of Tequila.

Familiar with Spanish? You might notice that Sangrita translates as "Little Blood"--that's exactly why the refreshing and zippy drink is served as part of many Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. There are some pre-made Sangrita beverages you might find in your favorite grocery store that carries Mexican items, but you might want to give making a batch yourself a shot.

There are a ton of recipes available online, like the ones found at Suite101, Washington Post, or good old About.com. But why not give a local one a try? The LA Times offers up the recipe from the Venice Cantina. If you're feeling adventurous, make your own recipe. Just don't forget the tequila!