Jalapeño Infused Margarita
For infused tequila...
  • 2 naval oranges, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, quartered, seeds and veins removed
  • 1 liter of 100% agave tequila
For margaritas...
  • 6-ounces Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
  • 6 fresh limes
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • coarse salt for rim
For infused tequila...
  1. In a large glass jar with lid, layer orange slices and jalapenos. Top with liter of tequila, seal and refrigerate. Save original tequila bottle. After 1-2 days, remove only the jalapeno slices and discard. Leave orange slices in tequila for a total of 4 days. Strain tequila and return to original bottle. Chill.
For margaritas...
  1. To make the simple syrup combine water and ½ cup sugar in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 2½ minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool.
  2. For each margarita, add 3-4 lime wedges and a handful of fresh cilantro to a tall glass. Muddle until lime juice is released. To glass add 1½-ounces tequila, 1½-ounces Grand Marnier (or Cointreau), 1½-ounces simple syrup, top with 1½-ounces fresh lime juice. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Dip rim of glass in coarse salt. Fill with margarita. Garnish with lime wedge.
  4. Sip responsibly.
Infuse tequila for 4 days.
Recipe by Lemony Thyme at http://www.lemonythyme.com/jalapeno-infused-margarita/