Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas

We made this spicy margarita recipe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo from Gastro Chic. It's the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Recipe: Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

1/2 L. tequila blanco, 100 percent agave
3 jalapenos
1 cucumber
freshly squeezed lime juice
simple syrup*
lime wedges

Slice the jalapenos and combine with tequila in a mason jar or swing-top bottle. Infuse the tequila with jalapenos for three days. (Or you can cheat and put it on a sunny windowsill for one day.)

For the cucumber juice, roughly chop the cucumber and blitz the hell out of it in a food processor. Run it through the finest setting of a food mill or press it through a fine-mesh sieve to extract the juice, leaving most of the skin behind. Cucumber juice will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

To make one margarita, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add 2 oz. jalapeno-infused tequila, 2 oz. cucumber juice, 1/2 oz. lime juice and 1/2 oz. simple syrup. Shake and serve on the rocks in a glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Repeat as necessary.

* For simple syrup, combine 1 part sugar to 1 part water in a Pyrex measuring cup and microwave until the liquid is clear and sugar is diluted. Let cool before using.