Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy National Margarita Day!

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita with Cilantro Simple Syrup

Happy Margarita Day!  I saw it on the internet so it has to be true, right?  What the hell, even if it isn't an official holiday, are you going to turn down a cold, frosty, tart and tangy margarita with a nice spicy kick?  I didn't think so.  I couldn't turn one down either...especially this one...especially today.  It's simple to make since it's a classic shaken don't even have to drag out the blender and make a mess!  Yay!!!!

My little twist is cilantro simple syrup (I make it myself...recipe below), fresh lime, Cointreau, silver tequila, slices of English cucumber and fresh jalapeno combine to make a drink worth of the holiday.   Mix one up, raise a glass and toast the holiday!!!!!

Cucumber Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita 

  • 3 slices English cucumber (seedless)
  • 2 slices jalapeno (can't take the heat?  Leave this out.)
  • 3/4 ounce cilantro simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • ice
Muddle cucumber, jalapeno and simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail tin.  Add tequila and Cointreau.  Add ice 3/4 of the way up the tin.  Top the tin with the mixing glass and shake until the tin is frosty. 
Strain into a salt-rimmed glass or without salt if you prefer. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a slice of jalapeno and enjoy.

Cilantro simple syrup:  Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer until it's clear - just a minute or two.  Remove from heat, add a handful of fresh cilantro and let the syrup cool.  Bottle and use.  

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