Friday, February 27, 2015

Cooking and Enertaining: Jalapeño Margaritas


My very hip, in-the-know friend, Cindy, introduced me to jalapeño margaritas on New Year's Eve, and I immediately became hooked! Just a tad spicy, these cocktails have a chili flavor that combines perfectly with tequila.

I looked at a few recipes, liked this one from and adapted it a bit to my taste (Click here to see the original recipe).  Specifically, I don't salt the glass rims, use Grand Marnier in place of Triple Sec and use jalapeño rounds, rather than limes, as a garnish.  Bottoms up!
the ingredients

prepare the jalapeño

juice the limes

ready to be shaken

Jalapeño Margaritas
(adapted from
makes 2 drinks

4 oz.  tequila

2 oz.  Grand Marnier

2  limes, juiced

1 Tbsp.  agave nectar

1 jalapeño pepper

Remove the stem from the jalapeño pepper and cut 2 rounds from the large side of the chili.  Set aside to use as a garnish.  Slice the chili in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membrane.  Dice the chili into 1/4" pieces.

Pour the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, agave nectar, and jalapeño into a cocktail shaker and add enough ice so the liquid and ice are at the same level. Cover, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into the prepared glasses, and garnish with jalapeño rounds.

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