I was just visiting my mom and sister Yvette in Colorado and we were out with friends having dinner at La Sandia. I had a yearning for a spicy margarita, and to my surprise they had one on their menu, a spicy orange margarita. I had thought about a spicy margarita before and just two weeks earlier I tried infusing tequila with serrano chiles but I infused it way too long. I also made the mistake of sipping some of the tequila, straight. I’ve done some dumb things but that one took the pastel. Well you can guess what happened, my lips and the entire inside of my mouth were on fire and numb for days. I’ll never do that again.
So here is the final version of this yummy bright and spicy citrus margarita. It’s better than I had imagined it. If you like spice, tang, and tequila then this unique blend is just for you.
Salud to a long weekend!
Spicy Citrus Margarita
Yield: 1 margarita
1 bottle of tequila, 750 mL
1 orange, juiced
½ lemon, juiced
1 lime, juiced
2 serrano chiles
1 ounce simple syrup
1 cup crushed ice
Place two serrano chiles inside a bottle of tequila for 2 days. Gently shake daily.
After two days remove the serrano chiles, refrigerate, and reserve.
Inside a martini shaker squeeze all citrus juices, 1 ounce infused tequila, simple syrup, and ice. Shake and pour into a salt rimmed glass, including the ice. Garnish with orange, lemon, and or lime wedges. For added spice, slice the serrano chiles and add 2-3 thin slices in the margarita.
Photography by Jeanine Thurston