Watermelon-Jalapeno Margaritas

I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER gotten tired of tequila.  Not once.  Even after a few rough Cinco de Mayos.

There are so many ridiculously delicious margaritas you can whip up with common ingredients around your house and garden, and when you use fresh fruit, there’s no need to add any shady artificial sweeteners!  Try these spicy bad boys out to mix up your margarita routine…you’ll be glad you got a little caliente.

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WATERMELON-JALAPENO MARGARITAS

1.5 oz. silver tequila (I like Fortaleza Blanco or 1800 Silver)

1 oz. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

3 oz. fresh watermelon juice (see below for instructions on how to juice your melon ;-))

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 to 4 thin slices of jalapeño with seeds (don’t be scared)

1 cup of ice

Lime and jalapeño slices; for garnish

To get your watermelon juice:

Cut up a small seedless watermelon into bite-size chunks.  Throw the chunks into a blender and blitz until completely liquefied.  Run the watermelon slush through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp and capture the fresh juice in a bowl below.  IT’S A MIRACLE!  Watermelon juice.

Make it:

Measure all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.  Hard.  Seriously, get some frustration out before you start drinking.  The shaking will release enough of the capsaicin (the spicy component) in the jalapeños to infuse your drink with a little kick — no need to muddle.  After you’ve gotten all your aggression out with your cocktail shaking, dump into a glass**, squeeze a slice of fresh lime over the top and DRANK.

Makes 1 fairly potent margarita.

**If you’re nervous about drinking the jalapeño seeds, feel free to strain this cocktail over fresh ice.  It’ll still be spicy but you won’t look quite as badass since your margarita won’t have visible chili peppers in it.  I prefer being badass.

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