Cinco de Mayo is the best. I mean it’s basically a holiday that has been hijacked by margaritas and guacamole, and, with all due respect to Mexico’s victory in The Battle of Puebla, I think we’re all ok with that. Because…margaritas.
I celebrated early this year because I got a little party pants care package from the fine folks at Sauza Tequila as part of their ‘My Kind of Cinco’ campaign. I was able to put my own spin on a bunch of pitcher-style margaritas for a group of friends at the beach this past weekend. And in turn, I ate my weight in guac and chips. It was a win-win.
When entertaining for a group of people, even if it’s a small group like we had, making a batch of cocktails is key. What’s better than a cocktail? An entire pitcher full of cocktails! People can help themselves and you are not a slave to the shaker. Don’t muddle your life away, people! You can still create quality, craft-style cocktails in a pitcher. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
While Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila, made with 100% blue agave, was the star in these margs, jalapeño simple syrup and muddled cucumber were featured players. I love the heat the peppers lend and the opposing cooling quality of the cucumbers.
And because Sauza’s classic silver style has an herbal and almost savory quality from the fresh agave notes, the combo of bright, green flavors works really well together.
Jalapeño Cucumber Margaritas – (serves 8)
2 cups Sauza® Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup jalapeño simple syrup *
1 cup lime juice
1/2 cup muddled cucumber slices
Garnish: cucumbers, rock salt
Lightly muddle cucumber slices at the bottom of a mixing glass and then place in pitcher with the rest of the ingredients. Fill with ice. Serve in margarita glasses rimmed with rock salt and garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.
*Jalapeño Simple Syrup
1 cup of turbinado sugar
1 cup of water
1 jalapeño, sliced, with the seeds removed
Combine the sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the jalapeño and let sit for at least an hour. Strain through a mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for about a month.
Disclosure: This post was made possible by Sauza® Tequila in conjunction with their #MyKindofCinco campaign. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.