This Cilantro Jalapeño recipe is one of the most popular and tasty libations on the menu at Taos Cantina in Sedona. Depending on the individual batch of jalapeño peppers (and the bartender making it), the tequila infusion can have quite a kick! Whip up your own jalapeño tequila infusion at home, and follow the famous recipe from Taos Cantina to create the signature spicy Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita in the comfort of your own home.
Infuse, Mix, Sip, Repeat.
“The Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita is one of our favorite signature margaritas. Our recipe is no secret, as I give it out to curious guests on a daily basis.” – Jordan Rogers, General Manager of Taos Cantina
Tips For Perfecting The Spicy Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita:
- Purchase 100% Agave Blanco tequila (also known as silver tequila). Other versions add ingredients like molasses, which leave a bad taste in your mouth
- The tequila will become spicy within 24 hours. Do not infuse any longer than 48 hours, or it will negatively impact the taste of the tequila infusion
- Do not touch your face or eyes after handling jalepenos, without washing your hands thoroughly first.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 750ml bottle of 100% Agave Blanco Tequila
- Triple Sec
- 4 Jalapeno Peppers
- A bunch of Cilantro
- Sweet and Sour Mix
- Ice and Salt
- A glass storage container
- Martini Shaker
- Small strainer/filter
1. Start by thoroughly washing the 4 whole jalapeno peppers. Slice the peppers in half one time and place in a large glass jar. Then, pour the entire bottle of Blanco Tequila into the jar. Leave the tequila to infuse with the peppers for between 36 to 48 hours. The tequila will become nice in spicy within 24 hours, but if it infuses longer than 48 hours, the jalapeno starts to tarnish the tequila with an undesirable bland vegetable flavor.
*To achieve extreme heat, replace the peppers with fresh ones after 48 hours.
2. Next you need to remove the peppers from the tequila, filter and pour the tequila back into its original bottle. We recommend removing the label from the original bottle and replacing with your own home made label “Pete’s Jalapeno infusion” etc. This also makes a wonderful gift!
3. Take a couple of sprigs of cilantro and tear them apart by hand, placing the bits into a martini shaker. Add 1.5 ounces of your infused tequila, .75 ounces of triple sec, and 4 ounces of either home-made (you can find numerous recipes on line) or store bought sweet and sour. Add about 6 ounces of ice and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Pour into a glass with a salted rim and there you have it, your own home made spicy cilantro jalapeño margarita. Cheers!
For more information on Taos Cantina, visit www.taoscantina.com
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