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Honeydew-Jalapeño Margaritas

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 10 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)

Meet your new favorite poolside cocktail. This slushy sipper offers sweet, floral honeydew flavor with a nice slow burn from jalapeño-infused tequila. Jalapeño peppers can vary in heat level from fairly mild to incendiary. If you can manage it, taste the jalapeño before adding to the tequila (barely touch the cut surface to your tongue). If it’s one of the super-spicy ones, you can tame the heat by removing the seeds or using fewer slices to flavor the liquor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 pound (about 1 1/2 cups) frozen honeydew melon cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light agave syrup

Nutrition Information

  • calories 127
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 296 mg
  • calcium 7 mg
  • sugars 12 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 7 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine tequila and jalapeño in a bowl; let stand 2 to 4 hours. Pour through a small wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard solids.

  2. Place 2 tablespoons lime juice in a shallow dish. Stir together sugar, rind, and salt in a second shallow dish. Dip rims of 4 chilled 8-ounce glasses in lime juice then dip in sugar mixture.

  3. Process infused tequila, honeydew, ice cubes, water, agave syrup, and remaining 3 tablespoons lime juice in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour evenly into prepared glasses.