Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Jalapeno Margaritas

Okay so it’s Wednesday. And in all honesty I did the trial run for this cocktail on Tuesday. But let’s face it, we all have “those” weeks and sometimes a cocktail is called for sooner than later! Plus look on the bright side, for those of you who like to plan ahead, you now have over 24 hours advance notice for your Thursday cocktail!

One of my favorite food blogs, From the Little Yellow Kitchen, does a series similar to Thirsty Thursday called LYK Relaxation Station. These girls rock. They’re funny, post often and make such awesome sounding food and cocktails. Today’s post comes straight from these clever ladies. And let me tell you, I was sold on this drink after my first sip. Unlike a sticky sweet strawberry margarita you’d get in a restaurant, this is fresh with just enough jalapeno to make your lips tingle.

And it’s oh so pretty. Happy Hump Day!

Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita
From the Little Yellow Kitchen
Serves 2

4 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau Liqueur
1 TBSP Agave Nectar (more if you like it sweeter)
2 Limes, juiced (plus more for garnish)
1/3 cup chopped strawberries (I used about 8 or 9 big berries, probably more than 1/3 cup)
2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced

Muddle the jalapeno peppers with a splash of the lime juice to extract the jalapeno falvor. Once muddled, remove the jalapeno. Add strawberries to liquid and muddle. Add lime juice, agave nectar, Cointreau and tequila. Stir well and serve over ice, lots and lots of ice, because this margarita is strong!

Emily’s notes:
Because I’m obsessed with my vitamix, I blended the tequila, triple sec, agave (a big squirt, probably more than 1 TBSP.) and strawberries (more like ¾ cup). Then I muddled the jalapeno with the lime juice, removed the pepper and poured all the liquid in a shaker. Did a little shake shake with ice then garnished with a strawberry, lime and jalapeno. As Amber likes to say, “seriously good.”