Don’t think I am crazy; I’m begging you not to judge until you have tried it! I admit that I was wary as well, since the only margaritas I have ever had have been fruity, sweet, and utterly refreshing. However, last week I went to one of my FAVORITE Indian Restaurants in NYC, and although the meal was suburb, it was actually the Spicy Margarita that caught my attention. At first I was a little cautious since my taste buds had never experienced a Margarita with this type of depth before. But, when this cocktail was paired with the authentic flavorful fare I was eating, it was a recipe that I had to recreate in my kitchen to share with all of you for the holidays! CHEERS!!
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup simple syrup (more if needed)
1/4 cup silver tequila (Use a good brand to eliminate future next day headaches)
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (spice quantity is optional per your desire)
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt plus more to rim the glass
red pepper flakes for garnish
1.) Place glasses in freezer to chill beforehand.
2.) Take the already squeezed lime rind and wet the edge of the entire glass. Place Kosher salt on a small plate and spread around.
3.) Turn glass over and dip the rim into the salt rotating until the entire edge is coated.
4.) In a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cayenne, & Kosher salt
5.) Place all ingredients except red pepper flakes into a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
6.) Pour into glass and garnish with lemon and sprinkle of red pepper flakes.