Celebrate Tequila Day with a Jalapeño Margarita Cocktail
We seem to celebrate many ‘holidays’ over the course of a year – ranging from religious to “No Housework Day” (for those of you interested, that would be April 7) – but this is one that we like to keep in mind: National Tequila Day.
While some may be more familiar with tequila as ‘one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!’ – we’re opting to trade in the shot glass and sugar heavy mixed drinks this weekend, and instead spice it up (literally) with a Jalapeño Margarita Cocktail – made with 100% Blue Agave Tequila and organic, cold-pressed juice, Jalagreeño 2.0.
So celebrate this upcoming National Tequila Day (7/24) with style and flavor, and keep reading for our mouthwatering recipe.
BUT FIRST, TEQUILA
What’s the first rule to an incredible margarita cocktail? Tequila.
And... understanding that not all tequilas are created equal.
Derived from blue agave plants from the areas surrounding… you guessed it… Tequila, Mexico, look for a tequila that is made with only 100% blue agave. Mixed tequila (commonly found in the US) is required to contain at least 51% blue agave, but the rest can be any combination of sugars (generally cane sugar) as well as potential artificial coloring, syrups, glycerin and/or gluten.
Choosing higher quality, traditional agave tequila is gluten-free, offering a smart choice for those who are gluten sensitive. Another bonus? It has significantly less sugar than most hard alcohols, meaning less chance of a hangover (when consumed responsibly) and a safer bet for those looking to watch their waistlines!
TEQUILA + COLD-PRESSED JUICE = SHAKE, STIR, SIP, REPEAT.
Since it’s already slightly sweet to the taste, tequila is delicious with just a splash of club soda and lime, but can also be enjoyed with smart mixers. “Smart” meaning real, additive-free, low-calorie, happy-the-next-day type of mixers!
We’re choosing to celebrate this Tequila Day with Project Juice’s Jalagreeño 2.0 as our guilt-free, organic cocktail mixer. Using all organic ingredients and absent of any refined sugars, Jalagreeno 2.0 helps minimize cocktail calories and prevents potential hangovers (often the result of sugary drinks coupled with dehydration).
Combining the powerful hydrating effects of cucumber, a hint of agave for sweetness without the sugary crash (or next day headaches!), jalapeños to bring an element of heat, and lime to tie in the flavors – this is a cold-pressed mixer that is sure to delight at your next grilling party or get together!
JALAPEÑO MARGARITA COCKTAIL RECIPE
4 oz. Jalagreeño 2.0
1.5 oz. of your favorite 100% blue agave tequila brand
Limes, cut into wedges
Chili salt (1 part cayenne mixed with 4 parts salt)
Jalapeños, sliced (optional)
First, garnish your glass by swiping a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it upside down into a plate of chili salt, tapping away any excess salt.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1-2 lime wedges and several slices of jalapeños. Next add ice, followed by tequila and the Jalagreeño 2.0 mixer. SHAKE WELL.
Pour your margarita cocktail into the garnished glass, pair with a lime wedge and jalapeño – voila! A spicy twist on a traditional margarita cocktail.
Note: One 14.5 oz bottle of Jalagreeño 2.0 makes 3-4 guilt-free libations, so feel free to double or triple the batch to share with friends!
And of course, please remember to always drink responsibly.
Watermelon Coolers? Spicy Margaritas? Mimosas? We have you covered.