Tomorrow is cinco de mayo and I’m thinking ahead (as in I dragged my kids to Whole Foods at 8 am to purchase lemons, limes, and a jalapeño). I love a spicy cocktail. It’s about the only thing that keeps me from consuming the whole drink in 5 minutes. I add seltzer to this margarita because bubbles give the bite! A little fizz gives a better buzz. The seltzer also saves some calories over adding simple syrup (i.e.: sugar water).
If you’re wondering why I’m serving this in a mug it’s because happy hour at my house is enjoyed in the yard with toddlers. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about me – so drinking out of a mug leaves me out of the scrutiny of others. And really – I normally don’t drink margaritas at 5 pm. I save my cocktail for when my kids are in bed and I can really relax – but 5/5 is a special occasion!
I have a small kitchen so I do not own a mortar and pestle. I used a small glass to grind the jalapeño at the bottom of my glass. Jalapeños vary a lot in heat. I used a little and this happened to be a VERY hot one. I had a built in lip plumper. If you like a sweet drink you can add a little agave or maple syrup at the expense of a few calories.
Do you use flavored seltzer in cocktails? What is your favorite?