Thirsty Thursday – Margarita Madness!

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Hey friends!

Memorial Day has come and gone, so I guess it’s unofficially summer. I thought we could all use a cocktail recipe today. Or three. You know, whatev.

Since moving to LA, the land of exceptional Mexican food– whether it be from a fancy schmancy spot that serves duck confit tacos, or a food truck that’s just posted up on my block– I have become a margarita enthusiast. I always enjoyed a little tequila and citrus, but I never sought out variations as much as I have in the last year. Probably because out here, margaritas aren’t composed mostly of sour mix and bartender bitterness. Here, they take that shit pretty seriously.

So I figured I should, too. I also had a hankering for a spicy drink and decided DIYing it for a blog post was probably a better idea than going to a bar at 2PM on a Thursday (still unemployed over here, obviously!)

So, without further ado, here’s three different margaritas made with simple ingredients, a little muddling, and a fair amount of love and booziness. Enjoy!

First up!

strawberrymargarita

What it’s Made of:

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 oz tequila (2 shots)
  • 1.5 oz strawberry simple syrup
  • Coarse sea salt, for rimming

How it’s Made:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add cucumber, strawberries, and half the lemon juice. 
  2. MUDDLE, MUDDLE, MUDDLE SOME MORE. You want to break up the cucumber and extract as much flavor as possible from the strawberries.
  3. Add the remaining lemon juice, tequila and strawberry simple syrup and a few ice cubes, then aggressively shake
  4. Pour salt onto a side plate, rub the rim of a rocks glass with lemon or lime and dip into salt. Fill with ice
  5. Strain margarita into glass, garnish with cucumber and/or strawberry slice

strawberrymargarita

cucumbermargarita

What it’s Made of:

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • Handful cilantro, torn
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 oz tequila (2 shots)
  • 1.5 oz simple syrup
  • Chile lime salt (like Tajin), for rimming

How it’s Made:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice. 
  2. MUDDLE, MUDDLE, MUDDLE SOME MORE. You want to break up the cucumber and extract as much flavor as possible from the jalapeños.
  3. Add the lemon juice, tequila and simple syrup and a few ice cubes, then aggressively shake
  4. Pour chile salt onto a side plate, rub the rim of a rocks glass with lemon or lime and dip into chile salt. Fill with ice
  5. Strain margarita into glass, garnish with cucumber slice

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strawberryjalapeno2

What it’s Made of:

  • 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 oz tequila (2 shots)
  • 1.5 oz strawberry simple syrup
  • Coarse sea salt, for rimming

How it’s Made:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add jalapeño, strawberries and lime juice. 
  2. MUDDLE, MUDDLE, MUDDLE SOME MORE. You want to break up the berries and extract as much flavor as possible from the jalapeños.
  3. Add the lemon juice, tequila and strawberry simple syrup and a few ice cubes, then aggressively shake
  4. Pour sea salt onto a side plate, rub the rim of a rocks glass with lemon or lime and dip into salt. Fill with ice
  5. Strain margarita into glass, garnish with strawberry and/or jalapeño slice

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