June 15, 2020
This Strawberry Jalepeño Margarita is a great summer cocktail with a spicy kick that is perfect for a night on the patio!
The onset of Covid-19 has changed how I spend my weekends. I used to plan to go out for either dinner and drinks at a restaurant and bar, or go to the movie theater or go to a house party for game night with friends. However, my Saturday night entertainment plans have adjusted in the past few months.
Now my Saturday evenings consist of trying new recipes I’ve never tried, and experimenting with new cocktails.
A few weeks ago, strawberries went on sale at the grocery store and I bought six pints, more than a normal person would, right? Right. I had strawberries coming out my ears. I knew I was going to make this strawberry jelly with most of them, but I had a couple ideas for what I would do with the other containers (more posts to come!)
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One of those ideas was to make some sort of cocktail. I wanted something sweet, low calorie and low sugar. Enter Strawberry Jalepeño Margaritas!
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These were sweet, and refreshing and they definitely had a little kick to go with! I used sliced jalapeño sparingly (like three, quarter-inch slices and removed the seeds), but you can use as much or as little as you’d like.
In my recipe, I didn’t use any pre-mix liquids—just used the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Because I didn’t use any pre-mix, I saved on sugar content AND saved on my budget. Limes cost me about $.33 per lime. A jug of mix that I wouldn’t use all of because it’s just me drinking? Five dollars.
Margaritas are typically served in traditional margarita glasses, however, I used these simple cocktail glasses I purchased through Amazon.
Also, a margarita just doesn’t seem like a margarita without a salted rim. When I first made these margs, I skipped the salt, but alas, I learned my lesson. These taste better with salt, and this is the salt I use. I like that this salt is nice big chunks and with a swipe of lime around the rim of my glass, it really sticks on there. If I’m going back for second (or third, ok fine, maybe a fourth cocktail), I only need to add salt again every other cocktail.
I grilled some chicken and asparagus for dinner to go with this cocktail, but it would pair perfectly with this pulled pork recipe!
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Strawberry Jalepeno Margaritas
- 3 oz Tequila
- 2 oz Triple Sec
- 5 Limes
- 5 Strawberries, sliced
- Jalepeno (to taste)
- Salt for Rim
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker (or other glass) muddle three strawberries and jalapeño slices.
Rub one sliced lime along the rim of your cocktail or margarita glasses, then dip glass in salt (optional).
Add ice and liquor to glass or shaker, then slice limes in half and squeeze juice over liquor mixture.
Shake mixture, pour over ice in your cocktail or margarita glasses,, garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy!
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