spicy margarita recipe

 

Cinco De Mayo has come and gone, but there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy a margarita. This lively take on the traditional cocktail combines the tartness of grapefruit with the warmth-inducing addition of cayenne. (Reminds us of the sweet warmth of the Chili Lime truffle)

It’s the perfect summer sip.

What you need:

For the cayenne simple syrup:

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

¼ tsp cayenne powder

For drinks (makes two):

4 oz tequila

2 oz cayenne simple syrup

8 oz grapefruit juice

Ice

Lime wedges

Salt (to rim glasses)

How you make it:

Simple Syrup: Combine water, sugar and cayenne in a small pan and bring to a simmer. Stir until sugar melts completely, then remove from heat and cool in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  (Make syrup a few hours prior to preparing drinks, so it has time to chill completely.)

 Margaritas: Rim the glasses with a lime wedge and press into salt for garnish, if desired. Then, place ice into cocktail shaker and add tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice. Shake to combine and pour into two glasses over ice. Garnish with lime and enjoy!