Happy Cinco de Mayo! Last year we made a delish Blood Orange, Basil & Jalapeño Margarita for National Margarita Day! We thought we'd share it again today in case you were so inclined to celebrate with this organic cocktail that packs a major punch! xx
This Sunday is not only The Academy Awards, but it's National Margarita Day! Now that we are pro-mixologists (see yesterday's post), we concocted the most delicious (if I do say so myself) margarita for you to enjoy on this special holiday. And it's the perfect drink to serve your guests while watching The Oscars. I used pure, organic silver tequila with fresh squeezed lime juice, muddled basil and jalapeño and made my own blood orange simple syrup. Here's how it's done -
For ONE serving you will need:
2 oz. Silver Tequila (I am really digging IXÁ, an organic, small batch tequila)
1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 oz. Blood Orange Simple Syrup (recipe below)
3 - 5 Basil Leaves
2 Thin Jalapeño Slices
First, make the simple syrup. If you don't own an electric citrus juicer I highly recommend this one from Breville. I love it.
Blood Orange Simple Syrup Ingredients:
3/4 Cup Fresh Blood Orange Juice (about 8 blood oranges), strained through a sieve
3/4 Cup Organic Sugar
1-1/2 Cups Water
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
To make the drink:
Muddle jalapeño and basil until fairly broken down.
Add tequila, lime juice and blood orange simple syrup. Add several ice cubes and shake vigorously for about a minute.
Pour the liquid through the strainer over ice. If you like my large spherical ice cubes, you can get the molds at Williams-Sonoma.
Cheers to the greatest National Margarita Day ever!!