Using a fresh jalapeño from my garden, I made a super-simple infusion that adds a little oomph to the basic Margarita. The spice level is moderate, so if you want a spicier result then add another pepper. Serve it with some chips and salsa, and you’re set.
2 oz jalapeño tequila*
¾ oz fresh orange juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 oz triple sec
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Optional: Rim the glass with salt.
1 cup silver tequila
1 large jalapeño pepper
Slice the pepper and place slices in a glass jar with a lid. Pour tequila on top, seal the jar and shake. Let steep for 2–5 hours, tasting for desired flavor. (I let mine steep the full 5 hours) Strain out jalapeños and store liquid as you would any other spirit. Photo courtesy of The Delicious Life.