There are a few different ways to incorporate jalapeno into a cocktail to add heat. Jalapeños are easy to muddle in a cocktail glass or right in the shaker and it will definitely add some heat. But for a little more control over how spicy things get, I like to add the spice right into the simple syrup. For this spicy margarita recipe the only ingredient that changes is the addition of jalapeños and cilantro.
The Simple Syrup
• 3 small cucumbers, thinly sliced (grab the burpless English variety)
• 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced (add more if you like it hot)
• Bunch of cilantro, chopped.
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1.5 cups tequila blanco
• 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice.
• 1 cup simple syrup (or to taste)
• Salt for the glasses
• Lime wedges and snap peas for garnish
• Slice the cucumbers and jalapeños. You can rid of the jalapeño seeds or keep a few around for the extra kick.
• Add the sliced cucumbers and jalapeños into a bowl and gently muddle to release some of those flavors.
• Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.
• Add the muddled concoction and bunch of chopped cilantro (omit if you don’t like cilantro) to the sugar water and continue to simmer until sugar is completely dissolved, plus a little longer to steep the flavors.
• Pull off the burner and let cool.
• Run a wedge of lime around all the glasses and dip the rims in salt (if desired).
• Add ice to the pitcher and add tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup. Gently stir to combine.
• Add ice to each of the glasses and pour the margaritas. Garnish with extra lime wedges and snap peas. Serve immediately and enjoy!