Cocktails and Confessions Episode 5: Clementine-Jalapeño Margarita
Tequila and I have always had a tumultuous and slightly tortured relationship, especially when there are shots involved. (So much love between us when the night starts out. So much hate the next day.) In an effort to be more responsible post-college, I swore off tequila shots, a vow broken only at my 25th birthday party, when I downed several with my guests before our group got booted from La Esquina. Apparently, you’re not supposed to dance on the tables there, or insist that the DJ play only “Call Me Maybe.”
Don’t worry, I didn’t just spoil this week’s episode of Cocktails and Confessions. The story you’re about to hear is obviously much more scandalous. Dios mio.
But before we get to that, a few words on the Clementine-Jalapeño Margaritas that I’ll be whipping up for you momentarily. I may no longer shoot tequila, but I love me a sassy homemade marg, and this tangy, spicy version is my current favorite. And since it involves only reposado tequila (that’s the good stuff, no sugar-laden golden bs), jalapeño, fresh clementine and lime juices, and a touch of honey, it’ll perk you up tonight without laying you out tomorrow. Probably. (Maybe.)
Fun Fact: After the sleepover discussed in this episode, I couldn’t really remember what my saviors looked like. As they lived in my dorm, I undoubtedly ran into them on the reg for the next few years. Since I was never sure of their identities, anytime a couple looked at me a second too long in the dining hall, hallway, etc. I’d say something like, “Heyyy, good to see you!” or “Have a nice day!” before speed walking in the other direction. It was a mildly awkward habit, but I like to think I covered all my bases?
2 ounces tequila reposado
2 ounces fresh clementine juice (That’s the juice from about 2 clementines)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño
½ teaspoon honey or agave
For garnish: (optional)
Flaky sea salt
Thinly sliced jalapeño rounds
Lime or clementine round
Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim in salt. (This is obviously optional, but I recommend it.)
Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice into your rimmed cocktail glass.
Garnish with jalapeño rounds and a lime/clementine round if you're feeling fancy.
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