Recipe: Spicy Jalapeno Margarita With Chili Salt
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If you like cocktails with a little spice, this Spicy Jalapeno Margarita recipe might just become your new favorite. The sweet and tangy citrus flavors of lime and orange in this margarita blend perfectly with the fresh flavor and touch of jalapeno.
To infuse this lovely jalapeño flavor into this margarita, we have included a simple jalapeño syrup in this recipe. If you can boil water, you can make this simple syrup (or any other) and the leftovers can be used whenever you want a mild heatstroke (ice cubes, lemonade, etc.) as it will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.
While you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive tequila, skip the cheap stuff for a bottle labeled 100% agave for best results. We prefer silver tequila in a margarita, but use whatever you prefer.
And since we believe no margarita is complete without a salty edge, we’ve also included a simple recipe so you can mix in your own chili and lime salt. It’s the perfect finishing touch that will not only decorate your margarita glass, but also add another layer of flavor to these margaritas.
Making salt from chili and lime is very easy to do. But if you’re into spicy cocktails, you might want to keep one of our all-time favorite salty-lime-chili blends handy. Tajín Clásico seasoning that you can use to border your margarita glass in place of the homemade chili salt in this recipe.
Sweet on the heat scale, Tajin is a super delicious chili and lime salt from Mexico that you can use not only to rim your cocktail glasses (it’s delicious served on a Bloody Mary glass), but it can also be sprinkled on fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, popcorn, guacamole, dips or even chicken, shrimp and steak. It’s tangy with a little zip and it’s really good. Give it a try, we think you will love it. Best of all, we know you’ll love it. Besides the traditional shaker bottles, it is also available in a practical glass container. Genius!
Now for the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita …
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Spicy jalapeño margarita
Try this margarita recipe the next time you want a cocktail with a little zip. With citrus flavors like lime and orange, you’ll feel like you’re relaxing on a beautiful Mexican beach.
- 2 ounces silver tequila (100% agave is best)
- 2 ounces lime juice (fresh, zest the limes for the chili salt)
- 2 ounces orange juice, fresh
- 1/2 ounce simple jalapeno syrup (or more to taste)
- 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced for garnish
Ingredients for Simple Jalapeno Syrup
- 1 big jalapeño pepper, seeded and halved wearing gloves!
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Cup the water
Ingredients for chili salt
- 1/4 Cup sea salt
- 2 soup spoons Chili powder
- 2 coffee spoons lime zest
PREPARE THE SIMPLE JALAPENO SYRUP
Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir to help dissolve the sugar. Once all the sugar has dissolved, add the jalapeno and simmer 10 more minutes. Turn off the heat and let the jalapeno pepper steep for 10 to 30 minutes. The longer you steep, the spicier the syrup will be. Taste and when you are satisfied with the flavor, allow to cool, then strain into a glass jar and put in the fridge to cool. If you need it, immediately put it in the freezer and remove it when cool. It can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
PREPARATION OF CHILE SALT
Combine all the ingredients for the chili salt in a small bowl. Then spoon onto a small, circular plate the size of your margarita glasses. Store leftovers in a and sprinkle over tortilla chips, popcorn, pizza, or eggs.
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