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  • Traci Hatchett

Jalapeno Margaritas in Honor of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's May 5, 1862, victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage particularly in areas with large Mexican American populations.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I am sharing a traditional beverage known for celebrating this monumental day, but kicking it up a notch with a little spice ... Yes, I am referring to the margarita, a Jalapeno Margarita to be exact. Check out the recipe below - you won't be disappointed! Ingredients:

1 small jalapeno pepper (or half of a large)

1 1/2 cups silver tequila

1 cup triple sec

1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (8 limes) 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons) 2 tablespoons honey Pinch of kosher salt Ice Directions: 1. Pierce jalapeno pepper in 8 to 10 places with the tip of a sharp pairing knife and cut it in half lengthwise, leaving the seeds and the ribs. Place the pepper in a 4-cup liquid measuring cup, pour in the tequila, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. 2. Discard the jalapeno and pour the tequila into a glass pitcher through a sieve to remove the seeds. Add the triple sec, lime juice, lemon juice, honey, salt and stir. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. 3. When ready to serve, fill margarita glasses with ice and pour over the margarita mixture over; or fill a cocktail shaker with ice and some of the mixture, shake vigorously for 30 seconds, and pour into glasses. Serve ice cold. NOTE: These are SPICY, so I recommend either removing some of the jalapeno seeds before adding to the drink and/or add a splash of ginger beer to soften the blow of the heat!

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