In celebration of National Margarita Day we are spicing things up with a jalapeño infused tequila margarita that will really heat things up.
A holiday I’m surely game for celebrating is National Margarita Day! This comes at the perfect time since we’ve recently perfected our jalapeño infused tequila margarita that will really spice things up. This cocktail has quickly become one of our go-to happy hour drinks as we like to enjoy it out on the back patio with a heaping bowl of chips and guacamole.
We have our neighbors, Randy & Soraya, to thank for introducing us to the idea of infusing tequila with a handful of jalapeños. When Randy first offered me one of his signature jalapeño margaritas, I wasn’t too quick to raise my hand considering that I have a pretty mild tolerance for spicy things. I have come a long way from the black pepper that I called “spice” in my Wisconsin days, but I’m still not keen on burning lips and an uncomfortable scorching of heat down my throat.
Upon his insistence, I let him pour me the margarita and I absolutely loved it! There was just a hint of spice on the back of your throat but overall the margarita was quite refreshing. Fast forward 4 margaritas later and Sean and I were planning a trip to Costco the next day to buy a bottle of Anejo Tequila and a bunch of jalapeños.
We immediately got to marinating our first bottle of jalapeño infused tequila. We were diligent about shaking the bottle once every day and let it sit for about 4 days total. In general, when it comes to making cocktails in our house, we often don’t buy any pre-made mix and opt for using fresh ingredients when possible. We decided to use our tried & true cocktail recipe for similar fresh citrus margaritas and just used fresh lime juice and agave syrup. The results were spicy, but seriously delicious. The girl who can’t handle spice was hooked.
At any given point, we most likely have a bottle of jalapeño tequila infusing in the outside fridge and it’s quickly become our social cocktail. We’ve made it for family back in Wisconsin and just recently brought it to a friend’s backyard cookout where everyone loved it. Just be aware that the longer you let it infuse, the spicier it will be! Also, we have noticed that the bottom of each tequila bottle is considerably spicier and I often have to add a bit more lime and agave to cool it down a bit or I’m left with a burning sensation on my lips.
Cheers to #NationalMargaritaDay!