Monday, April 30, 2012

Honey-Habanero Margaritas

This week, I have decided to have to post Mexican recipes as a theme for Cinco de Mayo that is coming up this weekend. I'll be posting some awesome, over-the-top fried fish tacos, coconut tres leches cake, and this Honey-Habanero Margarita recipe. I know that some of y'all don't like spicy food, but we just love it. So, when we went to one of the Mexican restaurants downtown, and they had a Honey-Habanero Margarita as the special for the day, we just had to try it. And we loved it! So, I knew I had to make my own version. The margaritas are spiced up with a homemade honey & habanero simple syrup, and then shaken with some fresh lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and some ice. These festive drinks are a great way to spice up your Cinco de Mayo parties this weekend... if you can handle it!! Enjoy :)
Honey-Habanero Margarita
For the Honey-Habanero Simple Syrup:
1C Water
1C Honey
1-2 Fresh Habanero Peppers, Cut in Half & Stems Removed

For the Honey-Habanero Margaritas:
3 Limes, Zested & Juiced
2oz Tequila
1oz Triple Sec
2oz Prepared Honey-Habanero Simple Syrup
Crushed Ice
Salt, For Rimming
Lime Slices, For Garnish

1. For the Honey-Habanero Simple Syrup: Place the honey and water in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil, and simmer until the honey is completely dissolved. Turn off the heat and add in the freshly habanero peppers (halved & stems removed). Cover and let it steep for 3 hours. Strain the syrup through a mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids. Pour in the syrup into a container and let it cool completely in the refrigerator until chilled.
2. For the Honey-Habanero Margaritas: Zest and juice the 3 limes into a cocktail shaker, and then add in the tequila, triple sec, honey-habanero simple syrup, and some crushed ice. Shake until thoroughly mixed and cold. Rim a glass with salt, and then fill it with more ice. Pour the shaken margarita mixture over the ice. Garnish with a slice of lime. This only makes one drink. 

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