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Cucumber Jalapeño Margaritas

Refreshing cucumber is paired with spicy jalapeño to create a unique spin on a classic margarita. They're a great cocktail for entertaining guests and will awaken ALL the senses! Trust me, this will easily become your new favorite summertime drink!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

For the Margaritas:

  • 4 thin slices cucumber (about 1/4 of a cucumber)
  • 4 thin slices 1 jalapeño (about 1/3 of a jalapeño)
  • 4 ounces pure agave tequila
  • 3 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 ounces agave (or simple syrup)
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (either cointreau or grand marnier)

For Serving:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced jalapeño (seeds removed)

Instructions

  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your margarita glasses
  • Then, place kosher salt on a small plate a little larger than the diameter of your margarita glass.
  • Dip the margarita glass in the salt, rolling it until the lime juice catches the salt.
  • Put a few ice cubes in each glass and set aside.
  • Add sliced cucumber and jalapeño to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the cucumber and jalapeño until well mashed and juices are released.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker up with ice. Then, add tequila, cointreau, lime juice, and agave to your cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and pour into salt-rimmed glasses.
  • Garnish with additional sliced cucumber and jalapeño. It's recommend to remove the seeds from the jalapeño for serving so the cocktail isn't too spicy.

Notes

  • This recipe makes 2 servings as written, which is designed to fit in your cocktail shaker. You can scale up the recipe as needed!
  • I recommend double straining the margarita into the glass. This means that you use a second strainer or sieve in between the cocktail shaker and glass. It will catch any jalapeño seeds that you don't want to get into your cocktail!
  • For serving, I recommend removing the seeds from the jalapeño slices that you add directly into your glass. If you leave the seeds in, the margarita is a little too spicy. 
  • I use agave as my liquid sweetener in this recipe, but you can also use simple syrup if you prefer. As written, this margarita is not too sweet, but has enough sweetener to help balance the spicy jalapeño. If you like a sweeter margarita, you can add another ounce of agave.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3499mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 11mg