Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner, and with the holiday landing on a Saturday this year, it is important to pull out all the stops when it comes to the celebrated beverage: the margarita. If you find yourself entertaining guests and becoming a bartender for the night, try a few of these simple add-in ingredients to a glass of your favorite tequila, fresh lime juice and agave (life’s natural nectar instead of an artificial sweetener).
This spicy addition is not for the faint of heart as this pepper is spicier than a jalapeño. If heat is right for you, throw pineapple in the mix for a beautifully rounded margarita.
If subtle heat is what you are after, jalapeño is the perfect little kick to make a margarita special. For balance, add thin-sliced cucumbers for a refreshing flavor.
A classic addition to fresh fruit such as mangos is also perfect for your margarita. If you don’t have Tajin on hand, adding a teaspoon of chili flakes to a margarita will add a similar profile of spice.
This option is also not for the faint of heart, but if you are up for the challenge, habanero peppers are not just for salsa this year. Suprise yourself and your guests with wonderful heat from the habanero, but be sure to add a sweet fruit like mango to balance the flavors.
For the big final, fresno peppers will shock and amaze guests. Be sure to keep the peppers whole so they do not release too much spice and overwhelm the palate.
Whichever path you choose, a Saturday with a margarita in your hand is a Saturday well spent. Happy mixing!