Spicy Jalapeño-Cucumber Margarita

November 10, 2016 By:
1 hour
My neighborhood has a summertime party we call "DECK-a-dence". It's a decadent deck party where guests travel from deck to deck for a progressive party. There's usually drinks, dancing and sometimes debauchery. When I made this drink, I had to invite some of the neighbors over to try it. This spicy drink was a hit with the ladies of the 'hood. It will be making an appearance again at Deckadence. It's spicy in a good way - a way that will get your taste buds jumping.


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  1. Begin by making the simple syrup. Pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan and turn on medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Let the mixture come to a boil. After about a minute, reduce to a simmer for 3 minutes. Allow it to cool.
  2. Once the simple syrup has cooled, pour it into a large pitcher. Then add the tequila and the seeded jalapeño. The pepper will give it spice. Allow it to infuse the mixture for 30-45 minutes. Then, remove the jalapeño.
  3. Add the juice of two lemons and two limes to the mixture. Add the triple sec. Stir.
  4. Before serving, salt the rim of the glass: Rub a lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Then turn it upside down and dip it in a small dish of salt.
  5. Serve the margarita over ice. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.