Barra Barra Wins People’s Choice for Sangrita Recipe

September 29, 2010

–Spirits of Mexico Festival Crowns People Choice’s Award on Barra Barra–

Barra Barra Saloon, located in Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town, won the title of People’s Choice at the Sangrita Cocktail Challenge during the 2010 Spirits of Mexico Festival held last week. The winner was decided by a vote of the attendees at the festival.

“We are thrilled to feature the winning cocktail at Barra Barra,” said owner Chuck Ross. “Barra Barra has always taken great pride in our tequila selection and our handmade drinks so to win this award was very exciting.”

It was also announced at the Spirits of Mexico Festival that Barra Barra will be the first restaurant in the United States to serve KAH Day of the Dead Tequila, winner of Best Extra Anejo and Best of Category at the festival.

The winning sangrita recipe was for the Jalantro Sangrita cocktail mixed by German Ochoa of Casa de Reyes. The recipe contains 3/4 ounces of agave syrup, three ounces of pineapple juice, 20 cilantro leaves, two jalapeno slices and two ounces of Herradura Blanco tequila. These ingredients are shaken and served on ice. The drink is available now at Barra Barra Saloon.

Also awarded as grand champion of the Sangrita Cocktail Challenge was “Sangre de Migrante” with Fidencio Mezcal, rendered by mixologist Shane Tison of The Randolph at Broome in New York City.

Barra Barra, home of the “Best Margarita in San Diego For Only Five Bucks,” is located in the northeast corner of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the corner of Wallace and Calhoun streets.  The eclectic menu features traditional Mexican comfort food with a variety of appetizers, tortas, Indian flat bread tacos, enchiladas and tamales. The restaurant provides outdoor and indoor seating, showcases historically inspired and one-of-a-kind Mexican artifacts and furnishings.  Banquet space is available.

Barra is a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station and free parking is available on evenings and weekends at the CalTrans headquarters at Juan and Taylor streets. In addition to the Barra Barra Saloon and its sister restaurant, Casa de Reyes, Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit


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