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A Tasty Margarita Twist

Guava-Jalapeño Margaritas

Legend has it that the Margarita was first created in 1938 by Carlos Herrera, owner of a Tijuana restaurant, for a picky customer who could only drink tequila but did not like its taste. Not that he’s the only one who claims to have invented the now-famous cocktail—he’s joined by a bartender from Ensenada, Mexico; a man from Aguas Calientes, Mexico, who claims he created for a wedding; and Margarita Sames, who claims she named it after herself. The world will never know who invented it, but it will be forever grateful.

The original Margarita is made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice, and I love it. But I also love experimenting with cocktails and could not resist playing with the heat of jalapeño and the sweetness of guava to create my Guava Jalapeño Margarita. I hope you can celebrate cinquo de Mayo with this creation!

Salud y buen provecho!

Guava-Jalapeño Margaritas

Makes 4 servings

Spicy-sweet, these margaritas really get my juices flowing! To serve this as a frozen margarita, blend the mixture with some ice until it is slushy and use larger margarita glasses instead of martini glasses. Fine or coarse sugar is a yummy change from the traditional salted rim. Note that the tequila and jalapeños need to steep overnight.

3 jalapeño chilies
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons tequila
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 5 limes), plus extra lime wedges for the glass rims (optional)
¼ cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
3 tablespoons guava juice
Coarse salt or margarita salt (optional)

1. Place 2 whole jalapeños and the tequila in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 day.

2. Pour the tequila into a pitcher or large punch bowl and add the lime juice, Cointreau, and guava juice. Stir to combine and chill in the refrigerator.

3. If you would like to have a salted rim for your margaritas, place the salt on a flat plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, turn it upside down on to the salt, and then twist the glass in the salt to coat the rim.

4. Thinly slice the remaining jalapeño. Serve the margarita straight up in a martini glass with some jalapeños floating in the glass or slit one side of the jalapeño ring and hang on the side of the glass.

Chica Tip: Nothing beats a frosty glass on a hot day (or night). Fill each glass with ice water and let it sit for a couple of minutes until the glass is nice and cold. Pour out the ice and water and then place the glasses in your freezer until they get that frosty look. This is a great trick for beer mugs too.

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