Margarita of the Month: March

March 31, 2011

Margarita of the Month: March

Yet again we waited until the tail end of the month, but if you’re a chilie-head, this is one worth waiting for!

Now a bit back I instructed you to make some pepper-infused tequila, and now we’re going to put it to good use. If you’ve been a slacker (or just now joining us), you can go back and make it then return to the recipe when ready (here it is you lazy bastard…).

Hot & Sweet ‘Rita

3 oz Pepper-Infused Tequila (we used some nice Habanero Tequila)

1 1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 1/2 oz Simple Syrup (1 cup water and 1/2 to 1 cup sugar dissolved over low heat – stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Haven’t tried it, but I’m thinking the Ginger Syrup from the Ginger Basil Margarita recipe would be great here…)

1 oz Lime Juice

Ice

Sugar or Salt for rimming the glass (optional)

Lime Wedge (optional)

Pepper Slices, etc for garnish (optional)

Rub the rim of a glass (chilled preferred) with the lime wedge and dip in sugar or salt to coat (if desired).

Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice and then add the first four ingredients and shake until well chilled…  strain into a glass (or on the rocks if you prefer).

If you like, garnish with a slice of fresh hot pepper or if you have some nice, pretty small habs just drop them whole into the drink – just be sure your guests know not to bite into them (unless they are really crazy, or if you’re not too fond of someone… well…)!

Makes a couple of spicy drinks… or…

I chose to serve this as shooters: I took shot glasses and rimmed one side with some Habanero Sugar (yeah baby!) that I just happened to have on hand and strained the Hot & Sweet ‘Rita mixture into them… shoot away!

If you like spice and tequila (and the majority of my three Dedicated Readers do) you’ll really like this! Give it a try and post you’re thoughts!

Time to stagger back to the kitchen…

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