Jalapeño Margarita

Jalapeño MargaritaLooking for a warming twist on a classic? Try our recipe for the Jalapeño Margarita. Feel free to play with this recipe, and make it your own. But, be certain to use fresh limes. Needless to say, it goes great with Mexican food.

This recipe makes 4 cocktails—so you can double (or triple it) for a game-day gathering or party with friends.

Jalapeño Margarita
Adapted from Love and Lemons
Yields 4 cocktails

3/4 cup good tequila
1/2 jalapeño pepper, plus extra slices for garnish
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
1/4 cup simple syrup
Salt for the rim of the glasses

Infuse the tequila
Pour the tequila into a pitcher. Add the sliced jalapeño—you can adjust the amount depending on how spicy you want your margaritas. Set aside at room temp for 15 minutes to allow the jalapeños to infuse (the longer the spicier).

Note: this step is a possible do-ahead. After the tequila is infused, you can strain the jalapeños and store the tequila in a closed jar or bottle.

Make the margaritas
Mix together the jalapeño-infused tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and 1/4 cup simple syrup. Taste it for spiciness. If you would like a little more kick, add more jalapeño slices and allow them to infuse for a bit longer.

Prepare the glasses
Place salt on a small plate or saucer so that it is about 1/8-inch deep. Cut a notch in a lime wedge and wet the rims of the glasses. Turn the glasses upside-down and dip the rim into the salt by lightly swirling the glass.

Pour the cocktail
Put a handful of ice into each glass without disturbing the salt on the rim. Pour the Jalapeño Margarita mixture into the prepared glasses and add a handful of ice, lime wedge, and jalapeños for garnish.

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