Amante Picante Margarita

Mixologists are still reacting against too-sweet drinks. This spicy margarita combines three savory ingredients: jalapeño, cilantro and cucumber.

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  • 1/2 large seedless English cucumber, thinly sliced, plus 8 slices for garnish
  • 1/2 medium jalapeño, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 18 ounces silver tequila
  • 8 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 6 ounces light agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery bitters (optional)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt mixed with 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • Ice

How to make this recipe

  1. In a pitcher, muddle the 1/2 sliced cucumber with the jalapeño and 1/4 cup of cilantro. Add the tequila, lime juice, agave and bitters and stir well. Refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour.

  2. Moisten the rim of 8 rocks glasses with the lime wedge and coat with the lime salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Working in batches and adding fresh ice, shake the cocktail and strain into the glasses. Garnish with cucumber and cilantro.

Contributed By Photo © Christina Holmes Published July 2013

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