A fun thing that my friends and I love to do when we get together is each bring a part of the dinner. Not only does that make the clean up easier when entertaining in a small apartment, but it also helps spread the costs out a bit and gives us a fun way to try new recipes and each other’s cooking.
When my girlfriends came over last week, we went with a Mexican theme and Nicole brought taquitos and guacamole as an appetizer, Adrienne made some seriously delish crock pot chicken tacos, and I was in charge of drinks and dessert. Check out my recipe below for spicy homemade jalapeño margaritas – these were a total hit!
Ingredients: Serves 3-5 people
- 1 750ml bottle tequila (I used Cazadores blanco)
- 3 jalapeños
- 1 375ml bottle Cointreau
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup simple syrup (Bring 1 cup water to a boil with 1 cup sugar. Then let cool.)
- Salt and sugar to rim glasses, optional
- Lime & jalapeño slices for garnish, optional
- Infuse the tequila with jalapeños. Slice two jalapeños, remove and toss the seeds, then add to the tequila and let sit at room temp for a few hours or up to a day.
(If you don’t like it super spicy and just want a hint of jalapeño, use just one instead of two jalapeños.)
- Mix together the Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup as the margarita mix.
- On a plate, mix together the salt and sugar at a ratio of 50/50, or to taste.
- Run a sliced lime along the rim of each glass and press into the salt/sugar mixture.
- Add ice to glass and add a shot (about 1.5 ounces) of the jalapeno tequila. Fill remainder of glass with margarita mix.
- Float two slices of jalapeño in the margarita and add a small slice of lime to the side of the glass to garnish.
Let us know how you enjoyed this cocktail in the comments below.