Spicy Cucumber Margarita
I’m not the biggest fan of spicy foods. To give you an idea of how low my tolerance for spicy foods started, as a kid I thought that pepperoni was spicy. Of course since then my taste buds have matured, but I still only like some spicy foods. For some reason I love spicy margaritas. If it is on a cocktail menu then that’s my go-to order. Maybe it’s because the spice masks the alcohol taste and you are left with a refreshing cucumber drink with a hint of spice. But be warned since you can’t taste the alcohol as much, it can be sneaky.
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ cup diced English cucumber, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon thinly sliced serrano pepper, plus additional for garnish
3 basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
1½ ounces tequila blanco
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Add the sugar, cucumber, Serrano pepper and basil to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to press down and twist the fruit mixture. Repeat this a few times until the basil becomes fragrant, and then add the tequila and lime juice. Add ice to the shaker then close the top and shake vigorously. Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with additional slices of cucumber, serrano pepper and basil.
Makes 1 10-ounce drink.