|Jalapeño Margarita at Hollywood's Loteria Grill|
Whatever happened to days that brought attention to national favorites like pizza, S'mores and apple pie? It's in that spirit that I'd like to go back-to-basics and celebrate an (inter)national past-time: The classic Margarita.
For most of the country, February might not be the ideal time to enjoy a frosty beverage. I disagree. Anyone worth their salt(ed rim) knows that high quality tequila is the perfect antidote to freezing temperatures, especially when it's infused with the spicy heat of a jalapeño pepper and topped with a salted chili rim. So forget going out to celebrate National Margarita Day; make my favorite spicy jalapeño margarita recipe and warm up in the comfort of your own home. ¡Salud!
Spicy Jalapeno Margarita
Adapted from Food + Wine Magazine
Makes 6 servings
- 1 jalapeño, poked with a knife
- 1 1/3 cups Silver Herradura or Patron tequila
- 1 cup Grand Marnier
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (10 limes)
- 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 3 tablespoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
Salt the rim: When ready to serve, combine the salt with the chili powder in a shallow dish. In a second small plate, pour a tiny amount of the margarita mix. Gently dip the rims of 6 glasses in the margarita liquid, then immediately dip in the salt and chili mixture. Fill six glasses with ice and divide the margarita mix equally between them. Serve and enjoy!