Jalapeño mezcal margarita

Jalapeño mezcal margarita

Are you partial to a margarita? This is the best version of the cocktail we’ve come across. Mezcal (tequila’s smoky cousin) and lime are offset by a cleverly simple jalapeño syrup to create a perfectly balanced cocktail with a fiery finish.

Jalapeño mezcal margarita

Entertaining a crowd? Make a pitcher of classic margarita.

  • Serves icon Serves 1
  • Time icon Hands-on time 15 min

Are you partial to a margarita? This is the best version of the cocktail we’ve come across. Mezcal (tequila’s smoky cousin) and lime are offset by a cleverly simple jalapeño syrup to create a perfectly balanced cocktail with a fiery finish.

Entertaining a crowd? Make a pitcher of classic margarita.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
224kcals
Fat
0g fat (0g saturated)
Protein
0g
Carbohydrates
12g (12g sugars)
Fibre
0g
Salt
trace

Ingredients

  • 200g jar sliced pickled jalapeños
  • 100g sugar
  • Tajin spice to rim the glass (optional)
  • 1 lime
  • 50ml mezcal
  • 25ml Cointreau, triple sec or other orange liqueur
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Method

  1. Begin by making a jalapeño sugar syrup. Pour the jar of jalapeños into a small pan, including the liquid they’re stored in, then add the sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes. You should be left with crinkly, chewy jalapeños and a spicy sugar syrup. Leave to cool, then pour back into the jar.
  2. Sprinkle some Tajin onto a small plate (if using), then cut out a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of a cocktail glass. Tap the glass into the Tajin to get a nice even rim.
  3. Pour the mezcal, Cointreau, 25ml lime juice and 10g of the syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake, then pour through a strainer into the glass. Garnish with a few candied jalapeño slices and serve.

Nutrition

Calories
224kcals
Fat
0g fat (0g saturated)
Protein
0g
Carbohydrates
12g (12g sugars)
Fibre
0g
Salt
trace

delicious. tips

  1. Don’t waste it: The candied jalapeños make a great topping for tacos or nachos – the perfect snack alongside your margarita. They’ll keep in the fridge for 3 months.

    Easy swaps: Mezcal gives a wonderfully smoky flavour which works well with the jalepeños, but you can switch it with tequila if you prefer a more classic margarita.

  2. Tajin is a Mexican spice blend of chilli, lime and salt, often used to sprinkle over fresh melon or pineapple. You can find it online or in specialist shops.

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Recipe By

Pollyanna Coupland

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