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Fresh Peach Jalapeño Margarita

Due to non-stop rain here in Ohio, my garden is going completely insane! I’m talking waist high zucchini plants, vines crawling up (and over) the neighbor’s fence, and way more peppers than I know what to do with. I personally think that fresh serrannos, habaneros (and even jalapeños) are too hot to eat raw or even cooked on a daily basis, so I have begun infusing anything I can get my hands on!

Fresh fruit pairs beautifully with hot peppers and what pairs beautifully with that combo? Tequila of course! Fruity margaritas aren’t a new thing, but add some hot pepper infused simple syrup and your cocktail gets a completely different twist. Pictured is a margarita made with sweet ripe peaches and jalapeno simple syrup. A perfectly refreshing summer drink that’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy!

 

Hot Pepper Infused Fresh Peach Margarita

A sweet and spicy margarita made with fresh peaches and jalapeño, serranno, or habanero infused simple syrup.

Ingredients:

For the margarita:
3 large ripe peaches
6 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces orange flavored liquer such as triple sec or cointreau
2-4 ounces simple syrup (start with a little and add more if you want more spice)
Juice of one large lime or 2 small
Juice of one orange juice

For the syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 fresh jalapenos, 2 fresh serranos, or 1 habanero (depending on preferred spice level)
*Feel free to change the sugar to water ratio to less if you like your drinks less sweet. I usually do 1/2 cup sugar to 1 cup water.

Directions:

To make the simple syrup cook the sugar, water and peppers (cut in half) together on low until the sugar is dissolved. Let the syrup cool and strain the peppers and seeds.

Peel and remove the pit from the peaches, and blend with all the other ingredients. Here you can use a regular blender or an immersion blender. Pour over ice and enjoy!

*Save leftover syrup and try this drink with different fresh fruit blends!

Notes:

If you don't like tequila just substitute vodka for an equally delicious cocktail!

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Jeff @ Cheeseburger

Friday 9th of August 2013

I'm loving the touch of spice in this margarita.

Jessi @ Practically Functional

Thursday 25th of July 2013

Oh yum, I bet that combo of sweet with a kick is great! Pinning this, and I'm stopping by to let you know I featured this on my blog today as part of a roundup of 25 Refreshing Summer Cocktails! Feel free to stop by and grab a Featured button if you'd like, and thanks again for the great recipe!

Lindsay

Thursday 25th of July 2013

Thanks so much, Jessi! All of those recipes sound great, awesome roundup!

Diane

Thursday 25th of July 2013

I love summertime, and fresh peaches, and spicy.. everything! This drink sounds so good, but would like to know what I could substitute with to make it non-alcoholic? Thanks for sharing the recipe and lovely photos.

Lindsay

Thursday 25th of July 2013

Hi Diane, You could do the peaches, extra orange juice, the simple syrup and add some sparkling water. Or, add the peach puree to lemonade and throw in some slices of fresh jalapeño! Thanks!

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

What a great idea! I love my drinks sweet but I might throw some peppers in my fiances for a different twist! Gorgeous photos too!

Lindsay

Thursday 25th of July 2013

Thanks so much, Lindsey!

Miss Messy

Tuesday 23rd of July 2013

Wow what a fantastic combination! :D

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