I love spicy food. I love margaritas. So this sounds like the perfect drink. So we mixed up a batch here in the Salted Rim lab (and by lab, I mean sitting by the pool). And the verdict is in – these are good. I wouldn’t want these to be our everyday margaritas – but certainly a nice treat. Getting the right balance of the jalepeño in the tequila is a trick, but well worth some trial and error to get it right for your own taste.
Spicy-Cool Blood Orange-Jalepeño Margarita Recipe
So what if it’s just the 5th of March and not Cinco de Mayo. Why not toast the last days of winter (and the seasonal availability of tart and juicy blood oranges) with a spicy-cool spin on the Margarita?
I recently test-drove this intriguing recipe as part of a “virtual cocktail party” hosted by Kara Newman, cocktail columnist for Chile Pepper Magazine and author of Spice & Ice: 60 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails.
A refreshing riff on the basic tequila + triple sec + lime juice Margarita formula, this version spices things up by incorporating tequila that’s first been infused briefly with fresh jalapeño slices, and gains extra citrus dimension – and a distinctively deep pink hue – with the addition of fresh blood orange juice.