I love using in-season produce to make a great cocktail. National Margarita Day is February 22, so I thought I would celebrate by making some delicious Citrus Margaritas with Cayenne Pepper Salt.
Now I am a total wimp when it comes to a spicy cocktail. I prefer my drinks tart and a little sweet. However I do like a little kick added into the salted rim on a margarita. That’s why I came up with this drink. Wait until you taste the combination of tangy citrus mixed with the spicy sweetness of the salted rim. It’s like a lemonhead hard candy meets a hot tamale! Yum!
When testing this recipe, I tried it with both fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice. And my husband and I agreed that the grapefruit version was our favorite. It was less sweet and more tart than the orange version. But both were still delicious! I say use what you have on hand or what is in season at the store.
2 oz. Tequila
2 oz. freshly squeezed citrus juice (I used grapefruit)
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup or agave nectar
Splash of Cointreau
Rim: Coarse Salt, Cayenne Pepper and Sugar
Mix all ingredients together in shaker over ice. Dip rim of glass in salt/sugar mixture and Pour drink over ice.
Virgin Citrus Margarita
I always provide a non-alcoholic version of my drink recipes. To make this a virgin margarita swap out the tequila for a lemon-lime sparkling water and skip the splash of cointreau. You will still get the amazing combination of tart citrus mixed with the salty spicy rim.
Now don’t forget to make a batch of these for National Margarita Day this week. You won’t be disappointed!