Spicy Cucumber Margarita

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I feel like we’ve earned a cocktail this week, don’t you think?

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

I think we have. That’s my vote. I’m going to be frank with you and let you know that I’m not a margarita girl. Not one bit.

I’m more of bourbon on the rocks girl. I’m a fancy (or even cheap) kinda beer girl. I can be a wine girl, sometimes. Definitely a gin and tonic kinda girl. But never a girl who craves margs. But if I am gonna be that girl, the drank has gotta be spicy. I love a spicy margarita…but not too, too spicy either or else I’ll be that girl who eats all the chips trying to extinguish the jalapeño fire. I’m complicated.

I drank the last of this while watching this week’s Nashville and almost freaked out. If you’re not watching this show, you’re missing out on so much scandal, big hair, sequins and country music. It really is a dream of a show.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Look at this demon! She’s so nosey.

She’s also my trusty blogging partner. She usually gets a taste of something (if it’s deemed safe). On this day it was a few slices of cucumber. No jalapeño! No tequila! (She’s not of age.)

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

This is perfect for dieciseis de mayo. (Do you see what I did there?) I understand that this margarita probably should’ve posted around cinco de mayo but seriously who cares. These are perfect for right now.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

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3 cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup tequila
2 tablespoons triple sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (3-4 limes)
1 jalapeño, sliced

Glass Rim:
2 tablespoons Maldon sea salt
2 teaspoons white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lime zest

1. To the jar of a food processor, add the chopped cucumber and pulse until the mixture turns smooth. Run the puree through a sieve, discarding the pulp, and reserving the cucumber juice. You should end up with 1 1/2 cup of cucumber juice; set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat on medium low until the sugar dissolves.

3. To a pitcher, mix together the cucumber juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and jalapeño . Add half of the simple syrup and do a taste test. Adjust according to taste: add more simple syrup if you’d like it to be a bit sweeter.

4. Transfer to the refrigerator so the jalapeño has time to spice the mixture. Check the mixture every 15-20 minutes and do a taste test. I was happy with the spice level at the 1 hour mark.

4. On a plate, mix together the salt, sugar and lime zest. Run a lime around the edge of the glasses to moisten; dip the rims in the salt and sugar mixture. Add a few ice cubes to each glass and divide the margarita mixture between the glasses. Garnish with a few slices of jalapeño or lime or even a few slices of cucumber.

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DessertForTwo May 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

It’s so common in Texas to have a raw jalapeno floating in your marg. It’s amazing. Love this recipe! :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

I feel like I know so much about your drinking preferences now!! haha this looks fabulous!

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Tieghan May 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

Love that floating Jalapeno!!

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steph@stephsbitebybite May 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

What a SPICY way to kick off the weekend!

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steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen May 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

Oh man, we must be soul sisters because

1. I usually go for whiskey drinks but when it’s nice out, I’m a sucker for a spicy margarita! Thank you for posting this. The cucumber must add such a great flavor. I’m sure it would go really well in a gin and tonic too :)
2. Nashville was CRAZY! So much happened in the last five minutes. Also, is Connie Britton a walking dream or what??

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Adrianna Adarme May 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

She has the dreamiest hair. And I can’t believe the Scarlett and Gunner thing and the murder thing. And omg. Just too much.

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Nicola May 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

New to this blog, I love it! Although I’m kind of reading backwards because it’s winter in Australia and I can’t really cope with not drinking margaritas right now :)

http://www.mindfulgrateful.blogspot.com

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tina May 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

this looks amaze balls! and that pic with amelia’s face oh my word!!! cuteness :) seriously bourbon on the rocks?? ur a rock star! happy weekend love!!

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Jesi May 17, 2013 at 7:58 am

How much jalapeño are you using? Looks delicious! :-)

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Adrianna Adarme May 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

Gracious! I missed adding that. It’s in there now!

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Eric May 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

I wish I’d had this yesterday!! I would have gone perfectly with the Ahi tuna tostadas last night!!

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Michelle May 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

I am not a marg girl either unless it’s spicy, too. Regular ones are soooooo dang sweet. Might as well have rum in it (gross).

Loving the lime rim!

Dogs make the best blog partners. They clean up dishes like no other!

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Eileen May 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

Cucumber in a margarita? I would never have thought of this one! Sounds super refreshing. :)

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Kasha the FarmGirl May 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

I could drink a pitcher of these. Dear LORD!

I love hot pepper in drinks, especially fruity ones. Try peach :D

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M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen May 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

Indeed, any time is right for a yummy cocktail like this! Gonna have to make a batch and try it with Nashville. You’re not the first to recommend it to me…hmmm.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

Spicy+Boozy=Dreamy

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Cookie and Kate May 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I’ve been pretty lazy this week so I’m not entirely sure I *deserve* a cocktail. However! I have some cucumbers and jalapeno in the fridge that will go bad if I don’t turn them into margaritas pronto so I’ll be making these this weekend. P.s. l want to drink bourbon with you sometime! How do we make that happen?

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karen May 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I had *one of those nights* last night so the thought of alcohol is making me queasy right now hahah. BUT this still looks so refreshing! Maybe I’ll try a virgin version [wtf am I becoming??!] I love that blue and white tray btw!

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Eileen May 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Just add salsa and chips and life is good! I love cocktails :)

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Danielle May 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Oh my, we’ve definitely earned one (or two) of these this week! Looks fabulous! I am a margarita girl and this extra spicy version is making my mouth water!
I have to start watching Nashville! I’ve heard so many good things about it! : )

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dervla May 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

1. Did Amelia like the cucumbers?
2. I’m a beer and g&t girl too and this still looks amazing
3. I’m an episode behind on Nashville, i’ve literally watched the entire season in a week — heaven!!

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Adrianna Adarme May 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

1. Amelia LOVED the cucumbers. But today she had cherries and loved them more. 2. YAY! 3. You’re in for a real treat!

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Stacey May 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

Spicy margaritas are my jam! A few weekends ago I infused some Don Julio with a habenero and made mango margaritas. My heart felt like it had burst into flames. Spicy, burn-y, delicious flames. I love the idea of adding cucumber! Cool it on down.

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Connie May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

What a fancy idea!

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Lesley June 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

This recipe is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

Instead of making and using simple syrup, I substituted it with agave nectar to taste. The agave works nicely with the tequila, plus it’s one less step.

I will be making this many times this summer, especially when I have a plethora of cucumbers from my garden. Cheers!

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Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Oh awesome. I’m going to try this with agave–I bet it works wonderfully. So glad you loved it!

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Monica June 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Wouldn’t it work just as well to juice the cucumbers? This sounds great!

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Adrianna Adarme June 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Sure! Most people don’t own juicers so that’s why I did it this way.

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