Cinco de Mayo is a great day to remember those variations of Margaritas with a classic foundation. The Jolly Hostess twist this week does just that. However, instead of using store-bought sweet and sticky syrup, this simple syrup equals less calories and a fresh, light taste. This cocktail is also on the daring side and I am not one to back down from a dare – especially when the grocery store clerk saw my red chilis and told me this would put him under the table!
Meyer lemons are a mix between a lemon and orange and have a very sweet taste. The red chili pepper is meant to balance out the flavor, not blow you away. It took a few times to get right (where I was subsequently blown away), but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this spicy, sweet and full-bodied combo to celebrate the fifth of May.
1 meyer lemons
2 ounces tequila
1 lime wedges
1 ounces simple syrup
1 ounces red chili simple syrup
1 cup water, 1/2 cup in one sauce pan and 1/2 cup in another
1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup in the water in one sauce pan and 1/4 in another
4 slices of red chili
Makes 1 serving; Prep Time: 15 mins, Cook Time: 8 mins
You’ll want to start with your simple syrup. Using two sauce pans, combine the water and sugar and stir. Add the red chili to one sauce pan.
Heat on high heat until boiling, then turn down to simmer. Stir frequently. Simple Syrup is done when all sugar is dissolved. Take off burners to cool, once warm, set in two different bowls and put in fridge. Should take around 15 mins to cool.
Make sure you keep your fan on as the spice is strong and will get into the air. Don’t touch eyes or nose unless hands are washed (because, of course, I made that mistake – burn!).
Slice sweet lemons in half and juice.
In a martini shaker, combine simple syrup, tequila, meyer lemon juice and lime. Add ice and shake away!
Pour in glass on the rocks, garnish with red chili pepper and lime wedge.