Cucumber jalapeno margaritas

Cucumber margaritas jazzed up by jalapenos

Cucumber margaritas jazzed up by jalapenos

Cucumber jalapeno margaritas:  now this was a fun recipe to make, test and shoot!

Salted rims for cucumber jalapeno margaritas

Salted rims for cucumber jalapeno margaritas

The cool and refreshing taste of cucumber combines with the subtle green spiciness of jalapenos for a truly memorable margarita.

Any glass looks great holding a margarita, including these tulip-shaped finds

Any glasses look great holding a margarita, including these that are tulip-shaped

Simply puree the cucumbers in a food processor until smooth, run the pureed cucumber through a sieve, and then combine the cucumber juice with simple syrup, lime juice, tequila, and some sliced jalapenos in a pretty pitcher.  As I mentioned in another post, don’t bother with the orange liqueur–you don’t need it and I think it actually detracts.  I let this brew in the fridge, tasting every 15 minutes or so….it was spicy enough for me after 30 minutes.

Serve these cucumber jalapeno margaritas from an ice cold pitcher

Serve these cucumber jalapeno margaritas from an ice cold pitcher

These cucumber jalapeno margaritas screamed to be accompanied by nachos, and I was more than happy to comply.

Say yes to margaritas and nachos

Say yes to margaritas and nachos

Nachos and margaritas are a match made in heaven, in my book…

Nachos and margaritas are a perfect match

Nachos and margaritas are a perfect match

The Ginger’s dog Daisy was hoping for a little something too…this recipe was inspired in part by A Cozy Kitchen: notice the dog there too?  I know, right?!! Do margaritas mysteriously attract adorable snouts or what?

I spy...whiskers and tongue--Daisy's, that is...

I spy…whiskers and tongue–Daisy’s, that is…

The wannabe margarita dog…or maybe it’s the wannabe nacho dog…

Wannabe margarita dog

Wannabe margarita dog

I really hope that you’ll try these cucumber jalapeno margaritas. They’re unique, but the common ingredients make them easy to make, and the flavors truly complement each other.

Cucumber jalapeno margaritas

Cucumber jalapeno margaritas

Here’s the recipe:

Cucumber jalapeno margaritas
 
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Cucumber juice combines with lime juice, tequila, simple syrup and jalapenos for a refreshing and spicy margarita
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Recipe type: Alcoholic Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • About 1 and ½ pounds of peeled cucumbers, roughly chopped (about three medium cucumbers)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (2 to 4 limes)
  • 1 cup tequila
  • ½ cup simple syrup, plus more if you want it sweeter
  • 1 large or 2 small jalapenos
  • Salt for glass rims, and lime zest, if desired, for garnish.
Instructions
  1. Place glasses in freezer.
  2. Place peeled and chopped cucumbers in food processor and process until smooth
  3. Run pureed cucumber through sieve, and discard pulp--you should have between 1 and ½ cup and 2 cups of cucumber juice.
  4. Combine cucumber juice with lime juice, tequila, and simple syrup in the pitcher you will serve from.
  5. Slice a jalapeno and stir the slices into the pitcher.
  6. Cover and refrigerate. Start testing every 15 minutes until desired spiciness, up to an hour.
  7. In one saucer, place some lime juice or water and in another saucer place some salt and lime zest, if desired.
  8. Pull glasses from freezer and dip rims in water or lime juice, then dip rims in salt and zest.
  9. Serve cucumber jalapeno margaritas in the prepared glasses.

Cucumber margaritas are spicy but cool

Cucumber margaritas are spicy but cool

Enjoy!

–G

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