Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita  

Now that the weather has been consistently hot and sunny, I've been doing a lot of patio preparation (not to mention, lots of cocktail research) for those warm Summer weekends.

When the weather heats up, Tequila is typically my go-to shot or on the rocks liquor. I also love classic lime margaritas when the temperature gets into the double digits - and luckily, this happens more often than not in the Okanagan!

I typically steer away from ordering a margarita at any bar (unless I happen to find myself at an authentic Mexican Restaurant) simply because I've been scarred by really, really bad margaritas that have been made with cheap and sugary margarita mix. 

This recipe uses freshly squeezed lime juice, cilantro, and a dash of simple syrup with a spicy kick - making these a fresh and fun alternative to the classic margarita with way less sugar.

It is so delicious and also SO simple to make, so you can be enjoying margaritas under the Summer sun in no time!

Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita
Per Margarita

2 oz Silver Tequila

1 oz Triple Sec

1 Lime, plus a wedge for garnish

1/2 oz Jalapeno Simple Syrup

Salt
3-4 Sprigs of Cilantro

1-2 Jalapeno slices for garnish (if desired)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in tequila, triple sec, and simple syrup. Squeeze in the juice from the whole lime and shake.

Using the lime wedge, rim a glass with the juices and then salt. Muddle 1-2 Cilantro sprigs in the bottom of the glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes to the glass and then strain the cocktail over the ice. Garnish with remaining Cilantro and Jalapeno slices if desired.

For blended, you can strain the contents of the shaker into a blender half filled with ice and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. It's almost like a green smoothie - I just wouldn't recommend it before yoga class...

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