In honor of Margarita Week, I’m sharing a cocktail that’s a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet. This Spicy Cucumber Margarita has a little something for everyone!
I interrupt an arduous yet satisfying task to bring you this Spicy Cucumber Margarita.
Arduous task? Spring cleaning my bookcases. I can’t begin to guess the number of books we have slowly accumulated over our 29 years of marriage.
It was time. Time to take ’em down, dust ’em off, shine the cases, and, for the first time in 29 years, do some weeding. I have to tell you – with every book that has clearly run its course, it was as if the sturdy boxes set to collect and the chosen books designated to go, were north poles repelling each other.
This was hard, hard to let go of books that have in small or large ways contributed to the people we are today. But I figured that these hardcover collectibles, like our aging (ahem) textbooks, might do more good for someone else than they are for us. Yes, as I write this, a small lump is forming in my throat. I’m really not one for collecting stuff – but my books, man – I hold on tight. Let’s just say – if I wanted to, I could probably set up a small library for children in my backyard. Hmmmmmm.
Oh, right – we’re here to talk about margaritas!
Here’s the deal – I like margaritas, but my kids love margaritas, so I floated the question, “What sounds appealing for Margarita Week?” They tossed around a few ideas, and together, we landed on this sweet and peppery cocktail inspired by a margarita that Chelsea recently enjoyed. And I’ve got to say – this spicy little number is a winner! Thanks, Chels!
With its spicy jalapeño, cool cucumber, fizzy lime, sweet agave and your favorite tequila, the marriage of flavors here scores high points in the delish-department.
[Sidebar: Are you guys fans of cucumber water? Seriously, the first time I discovered it I was at a hotel gym…a gorgeous frosty pitcher of cucumber and herb water was set just a few feet away waiting patiently for me to hop off the treadmill and quench my intense thirst. In that hot and droughty moment, I thought to myself, this is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted(!) making cucumber a newfound favorite flavor for beverages aka cocktails aka Spicy Cucumber Margaritas!]
What you’ll experience upon tasting is the fresh flavor of cucumber, followed by a small but pronounced kick of jalapeño, then finished with a whisper of sweetness from the sugared rim.
I am thrilled that I participated in Margarita Week hosted by by Kate from Hola Jalapeño! A wonderful group of bloggers have come together to shine a light on this quintessential Cinco de Mayo cocktail! Incredible recipes have been accumulating all week and I predict that this list will occupy my reading and tasting this weekend!
And with Cinco de Mayo tomorrow – we’re making it easy for you to find the one that works for you!
Here’s hoping that your party starts tomorrow (or today) and carries onward and upward into your weekend!
Two years ago: Roasted Chicken Breast with Meyer Lemon
Three years ago: Garlic & Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken
Four years ago: Spicy Baked Macaroni & Cheese
- 1 cup of your favorite tequila (infused with jalapeño & cucumber)
- ½ thinly sliced jalapeño, plus more for garnish
- ½ thinly sliced cucumber, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ½ cup agave syrup
- ½ lime and sugar for rimming the glasses
- To make the jalapeño infused tequila: Place ½ thinly sliced jalapeño, ½ thinly sliced cucumber and 1 cup tequila in a cocktail shaker. Give a gentle muddle to the vegetables, cover, and allow to sit at room temperature for a few hours.
- Before making the margaritas, remove jalapeños and cucumber from the tequila.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the flavor-infused tequila, lime juice and agave syrup. Shake!
- To rim the margarita glasses, first pour sugar on a large plate. Rub the edge of each glass with a lime wedge and then dip into the sugar.
- Strain the margarita into glasses, garnish with slices of lime, cucumber and jalapeño.