I try to keep this fact on the down-low, but I really, really like tequila! It’s probably my favorite liquor. Especially in a SPICY Margarita!
If there is a spicy margarita on a menu, I will order it 9 out of 10 times! I just love the sweet and spicy contrast and the extra kick you get from the pepper. So I decided to infuse my own tequila and make Spicy Margaritas at home.
Simply slice a hot pepper in half, and add it to the tequila. Let it sit at least 24 hours, or more for more intense spice. I let mine sit for just over 24 hours, but next time I will definitely let it sit for longer. The spice was there, but it was subtle. Like most of my kitchen experiments, I’m marking this one a work in progress.
(Makes 4 drinks)
- 1 cup spicy tequila**
- 1/2 cup Grand Marnier, or other orange flavored liqueur
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 Tablespoons Agave nectar
- Kosher Salt
Combine tequila, agave syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with second lime slice.
If you are so inclined, salt the rim of your glasses: Pour some kosher salt into a small dish. Rub 1 lime slice over half the rim of an Old Fashioned glass (if you prefer your Margarita on the rocks) or a coupe glass (if you prefer it up). Dip rim of glass into salt.
**Be sure to buy 100% agave tequila–it is well worth the extra cost to drink high quality tequila!
The agave nectar, gold tequila, and grand marnier gave these margaritas a lovely golden color. The spicy tequila was well balanced by the tangy lime and subtle sweetness from the agave nectar.
Served with a fish taco and kale salad (for me), or a burrito (for my husband). These margaritas were a lovely cocktail on a summer evening.