Strawberry Jalapeño AF Margarita
A little sweet & a little spicy.
INGREDIENTS (for one AF cocktail)
FOR THE STRAWBERRY-JALAPEÑO SYRUP
2 cups water
One (13-ounce) jar strawberry preserves
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 to 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, sliced into wheels, seeded if you prefer less heat
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
FOR THE DRINK
2 ounces strawberry-jalapeño syrup
1 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
2 slices fresh jalapeño pepper
Make the strawberry-jalapeño syrup: Place the water, preserves, sugar, jalapeño slices and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 30 seconds, stirring to break up the solids in the preserves. Taste the syrup and adjust the amount of jalapeño to your liking, removing or adding some of the wheels from the mixture. Keep in mind: The drink will taste less spicy once other ingredients are added.
Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture steep for 5 to 10 minutes — the longer you steep it, the spicier it will get. Let the mixture cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids. The recipe makes about 3 cups (enough for 8 to 12 servings of either drink).
Make the drink: Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, then transfer the ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the syrup, lime juice, and jalapeño slices and shake hard, then gently pour the cocktail, including ice, back into the glass.