Mixed Berry Margarita with Jalapeño

  • Difficulty: Med
  • Completion Time: 30 minutes

September signals the start of spring for us in the Southern Hemisphere. The actual equinox is around the 22nd of September, but the first has always been known as spring day in these parts. What better way to welcome in the new season than with a bright and delicious mixed berry margarita cocktail recipe with jalapeño. This one is a keeper.

We are slightly obsessed with glass storage containers for the pantry and for life in general and literally cannot get enough of them. They are the best to keep dry ingredients in and we use them to do all my preserving. Just when you think you have enough I run out so it’s great news to me that Consol – our proudly local glass jar manufacturer is located in the 3 major cities, namely Johannesburg, Durban and Stellenbosch.

We suggest you make these mixed berry margaritas with jalapeño in Consol jars because you will love the look and taste of them. They come in various sizes so you can mix and match.

Berry wise, I’ve gone with half red and half dark berries because I wanted a mix of flavour and deep colour, but you could use whatever suits. Having a mixture makes this berry delicious (sorry *I couldn’t resist*). Use 2 heaped cups of frozen berries for this recipe.


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As far as the jalapeño goes, we really think having the spicy kick makes this drink amazing. Unless you are completely averse to chilli, we would definitely leave it in. We like to infuse it with the sugar syrup and then remove the actual chilli once the spice has been imparted. We prefer this to grinding it into the drink where we think it becomes a little abrasive. We’ve also used frozen berries to make the berry syrup because these are more affordable and readily available all over the country all year round. You can, of course, use fresh berries if you prefer. The fresh blueberries that garnish this cocktail are delicious to eat as you sip the drink and are highly recommended as a garnish along with a few wedges of lime. You can also add a few slices of fresh jalapeño for extra heat.

When it comes to tequila I get a bit fussy and I wouldn’t use anything other than 100% agave tequila reposado. This means that it’s been aged in an oak barrel for a minimum of two months. This process mellows it out, giving it a nice golden colour and a smoother taste. Tequila makes you happy so need a we say more?


Listed below are the ingredients required to make 4 margaritas.

Ingredients Needed

Amount Ingredient
BERRY JALAPEñO SYRUP
2 Cups water
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup mixed red berries (strawberries & raspberries)
1 Cup dark berries (blackberries & blueberries)
½ - 1 Jalapeño chilli thinly sliced (with seeds)
COCKTAIL
(Quantities to make 2 cocktails in 1 shaker)
125ml 100% Agave reposado tequila
60ml Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1 Cup cooled berry jalapeño syrup
125ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Ice to shake and serve
- Lime wedges to serve
- Sugar or salt to rim the glass
- A few fresh blueberries to garnish

Method

  1. In a medium pot put the water, sugar and sliced chilli and bring to the boil.
  2. Cook this over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly and the chilli has infused with the syrup.
  3. Remove the chilli and seeds with a slotted spoon.
  4. Add the 2 cups of tightly packed berries (fresh or frozen) to the pot and cook for about 3 – 4 minutes. Take off the heat.
  5. Using a stick blender or a food processor, blend the berries and syrup until smooth. Allow to cool.
  6. When you are ready to serve, take a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of your glass.
  7. Dip this into sugar or salt to coat the edge.
  8. Put the berry syrup, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  9. Fill glasses with ice and top with the berry margarita cocktail mix.
  10. Garnish the glass with wedges of lime, a few fresh blueberries and if you want additional heat, a few more slices of jalapeño.

The above recipe was written by Sam Linsell (Drizzle & Dip) and repurposed for Consol. View original article here.

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