Saturday, July 24 is National Tequila Day and the perfect time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. Tequila is derived from the blue agave plant, (which makes it garden-inspired for sure), and as early as 150 B.C., a predecessor of what we call tequila today called “pulque” was thought to have been made by civilizations predating the ancient Aztecs.
Like wine and many vegetables, the type of soil the plant is grown in can impact the taste of the final tequila product. To actually qualify to be called a tequila, at least 51% of the product must be derived from the blue agave plant that is prevalent in Mexico. Tequila can only be called Tequila if it is made in Mexico.
National Tequila Day is the celebration of everything to do with this classic spirit. So whether you are drinking it straight up with a twist of lime, mixed with grapefruit juice in a Paloma, or in one of our new favorite cocktails, The Spicy Pineapple & Jalapeno Margarita.
This recipe is the perfect way to put your pepper harvests to work for a refreshing favorite cocktail- the Pineapple + Jalapeno Garden Fresh Margarita. This cocktail brings together spicy, sweet and tart flavors that can be made as individual cocktails or as a batch cocktail for your next gathering.
The combination of sweet and hot jalapeno simple syrup with the tangy pineapple and zesty lime make this the perfect garden inspired tequila cocktail.
To make Jalapeno Simple Syrup. Bring equal parts sugar and water, add sliced jalapenos and bring to a boil, simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let sit for 30 minutes and pour into a storage container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Pineapple – Jalapeno Garden Fresh MargaritaCourse: DrinksCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
The Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita elegantly combines spicy, sweet, and tart flavors. We suggest using Silver Tequila and love Casamigos!
½ oz Jalapeno Simple Syrup
2-3 Fresh Jalapeno Slices
2 ½ oz Silver Tequila
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Garnish with fresh pineapple and peppers
Spicy salt for the rim of the glass
- Rim the favorite of your favorite chilled glass with hot and spicy sea salt
- In a cocktail shaker or sturdy mixing glass, add the lime wedges and jalapenos. Muddle the ingredients for about 30-40 seconds.
- Pour in the Jalapeno Simple Syrup, Tequila, and Pineapple juice, add ice and shake.
- Strain into salt-rimmed glass.
- Garnish with fresh jalapeno and pineapple