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Recipes We Love: Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

We're letting you in on a little happy life secret: Margaritas are *always* appropriate.

This recipe has the kick you need, and not just from the tequila. Plus, the cucumber is so fresh you almost feel like you're doing something healthy, which you totally are! Yay health!

Image via Half-Baked Harvest


Grocery List:

  • 4-6 cucumber slices

  • 4 fresh mint leaves (optional)

  • 2 ounces silver tequila

  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor (or 2 teaspoons orange zest, see note)

  • juice from 1/2 lime juice

  • 1-2 jalapeño slices

  • 2 teaspoons honey or sugar, using more or less to your taste

  • Ginger beer, optional

  • 1/4 cup pink sea salt or flaky sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

  • 1 pinch granulated sugar

  • fresh thyme leaves (optional)


How To Do It:

1. To make the chili salt. Combine the salt, chili powder, and sugar on a shallow plate. Rim your glasses in salt, then fill with ice.


2. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add cucumbers, mint (if using), tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and honey or sugar. Muddle together, squashing everything to release the juices. Add the jalapeño slices. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute, the longer you shake, the spicier it will be.


3. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer, if desired. Garnish as desired with cucumbers and thyme, if desired. Enjoy!

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