Time for another cocktail!! Recently there was a cocktail contest that had to incorporate some type of hot pepper. I have never had a cocktail that had any type of hot pepper or heat in it, much less created one. But I was definitely up for the challenge. I came up with two recipes that I really liked. This Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita was the one I entered in the contest. It isn’t overly spicy…just has a little kick of heat in the back of your throat. So don’t let the jalapeno scare you off…definitely give this one a try!
Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita
2 slices blood orange, 1/2-inch thick each
1/4 jalapeno pepper, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
2 ounces chilled pomegranate juice
1 ounce agave
Garnish: jalapeno slice, seeds removed
In a shaker, muddle the blood orange slices and jalapeno pepper. Add in the tequila, lime juice, pomegranate juice and agave. Place the lid onto the shaker and shake to combine.
Place a few ice cubes into an old-fashioned glass. Place a small strainer over the glass (see note). Strain the margarita into the glass, garnish with a jalapeno slice.
Note: This second strainer is used to ensure catching the pulp from the oranges as well as the seeds from the jalapeno while straining the margarita from the shaker.
Makes 1 cocktail.