The temperature outside is rising and summer is here, so now is the perfect time to brush up on your bartender skills and whip up a light and refreshing cocktail made with your favorite Tequila to pair with your favorite sweet or savory dishes.
There is nothing better than a perfectly balanced spicy margarita and the Charred Passion Fruit & Jalapeno Margarita has just the right amount of sweet and spicy, combined with a hint of smoke and tartness from the passionfruit. But do not forget about the tequila! Santo Mezquila is the world’s first and only blend of tequila and mezcal. It combines the smooth, subtle flavors of agave with unique smokiness, bringing forth a taste revelation. The palate explodes with mouth-filling richness nestled in a light, smoky-sweet finish. Find the recipe below for one of Guy’s personal favorites, the Santo Tequila Charred Passion Fruit & Jalapeno Margarita.
2 oz Santo Mezquila
1 oz Fresh Passion Fruit Juice
¾ oz Charred Jalapeño Simple Syrup*
½ oz Cointreau
¾ oz Lime Juice
Garnish: Charred Jalapeño | Lime Wheel
In a cocktail shaker with ice add Mezquila, passion fruit juice, syrup, cointreau, and lime juice.
Shake for 30 seconds.
Rim glass with salt.
Strain into glass filled with ice.
*Charred Jalapeño Simple Syrup
2 Jalapeño Peppers
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
Heat dry cast iron pan on medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the jalapeños in the cast iron. Rotate occasionally to char and blister on all sides.
Let cool and cut into slices. Add sugar, water, and jalapeño slices to a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring water to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Reduce heat and let simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 15-20 minutes.