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Amante Picante Margarita
© Christina Holmes

Amante Picante Margarita

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD

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

  1. 1/2 large seedless English cucumber, thinly sliced, plus 8 slices for garnish
  2. 1/2 medium jalapeño, very thinly sliced
  3. 1/4 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish
  4. 18 ounces silver tequila
  5. 8 ounces fresh lime juice
  6. 6 ounces light agave nectar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon celery bitters (optional)
  8. 1 lime wedge
  9. 1/4 cup kosher salt mixed with 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  10. Ice
  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.