This Cucumber Margarita is incredibly refreshing. I've added jalapeño to this recipe for a little heat but you can enjoy them either way. Heck, make two batches and enjoy them both!
My love for margaritas is well-known, as well as my love for all things spicy…including spicy cocktails. Especially spicy cocktails! I've been creating spicy cocktails at home for a few years now and have enjoyed many a spicy margarita. I'm big on cucumber-infused cocktails, too – they're incredibly refreshing and cucumber marries well with just about any liquor. This Cucumber Margarita has the best of both worlds; the refreshing taste of cucumber with the slight heat from the jalapeño (or serrano, as in the photos). You can leave out the spicy pepper if you prefer; they're delicious either way!
You'll need to make a simple syrup for this so do plan ahead (if only because it needs time to cool). I keep a bottled syrup that I can use in a pinch for impromptu cocktails but, like so many other things, they're never as good as making your own. For homemade simple syrup, the ratio is typically 2 parts water to 1 part sugar (some people do 1.5 to 1 but I prefer it slightly less sweet). And now, since I've started using the zero-calorie Truvia® Natural Sweetener, my ratio is 2 parts water to HALF 1 part sugar (so instead of 2 cups water to 1 cup sugar the ratio is 2 cups water to 1/2 cup Truvia® Natural Sweetener; a savings of 570 calories)! This Cucumber Margarita recipe makes 4 servings – you do the math :-)
I mentioned that you need to plan ahead for this Cucumber Margarita, and that's not just because of the simple syrup. The flavors will also need time to infuse and marry, which means you should put all the ingredients together at least an hour before you're ready to serve. I've made them the evening before and left it overnight so feel free to make them well-ahead of time, too. If you haven't yet made your simple syrup you can always assemble all the ingredients, allow them time to infuse then add your simple syrup at the end once it's cooled. I'm all about finding the quickest way to cocktail time as possible! Cheers :-)
- 1 cup tequila
- 1 cup fresh lime juice, about 10 limes
- 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
- 1/2 cup simple syrup, I make my simple syrup with Truvia® Natural Sweetener
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 2 jalapeño or serrano peppers, seeds and ribs removed
- Lime Salt, for rimming if desired (zest a lime or two into a cup of salt before juicing; use to rim glass)
- Mix tequila, lime juice, Grand Marnier and simple syrup in a pitcher. Add a sliced cucumber and two jalapeños. Allow to sit for an hour or so (I've served them after just 20 minutes; still good but the flavor gets better as it sits).
- Strain and serve over ice. Makes about 4 decent-sized margaritas.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 368 Sodium: 30mg Carbohydrates: 47g Sugar: 42g