This is a really simple margarita that I’m obsessed with. The back story on this is I was working for a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona at the time, (bartending) and we had this manager that wouldn’t buy what we needed to be able to make our signature cocktails, he’d just buy whatever the liquor reps were running specials on this week. Well when your signature cocktails are the ones on the menu, it takes a lot of finessing and a great cocktail recipe to talk your guests out of what’s on the menu and into something they have never heard of.
So one week we had a bunch of this Tijuana Sweet Heat tequila. I’m a tequila girl for sure but this stuff on its own was less than stellar. Like there’s absolutely no way we’re going to be able to sell it just by itself in shots, less than stellar.
Eh, fuck it. It’s actually really disgusting.
But we have a million bottles of it so we’ve gotta figure out how to turn it into a profit. I liked the direction they were going with it, sweet with a little burn in the back of your throat, but the flavor was just so artificial. A little fresh squeezed lime, some muddled jalapeño, and some simple syrup and we have a winner.
I have never found Tijuana Sweet Heat in a liquor store (it’s probably for the best, I wouldn’t be able to use it in much of any other drink) so now I just substitute my favorite tequila, which is generally a blanco. It’s unaged, with a milder taste which I think is great for margaritas. A smoky mezcal might be great for this as well, but I haven’t tried it yet. If you decide to experiment, definitely let me know how it goes!!
I totally cheated this last time because it’s winter and the limes just weren’t looking too great, so I bought the lime juice. If you wanted to buy margarita mix and take it one step further so you don’t even have to worry about the simple syrup you totally could, it just wouldn’t taste as fresh.
Speaking of simple syrup don’t buy it. Save your money. It’s just 1 part sugar and 1 part extremely hot water mixed together until the sugar has dissolved in the water. Simple enough, right?
Sweet Heat Margaritas
1.5 oz Tijuana Sweet Heat (about one shot)
1.5 oz tequila (about one shot)
Approximately 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice
Approximately 1/8 of a cup simple syrup
A couple slices of jalapeño
(“Approximately” and “a few” because it’s not an exact science, it’s really just all to taste. If you like your margarita sweeter, add more simple syrup. If you like it super spicy, add more jalapeño. Less sweet, leave a little simple syrup out or add more lime juice- it’s all up to you!)
Pour the tequila into a mixing tin and toss in a few slices of jalapeño and muddle. When the jalapeño slices are nice and crushed up add your lime juice and simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes and shake. Then strain and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and slice of jalapeño.
These are my husband and I’s favorite for taco night. Hope y’all enjoy them as much as we do!
If you liked this you might want to check out my Pink Rhino recipe.