Just like with Rosemary Simple Syrup, Jalapeno Simple Syrup can be used in so many ways. My favorite, though, is in a margarita. It's just so, so, so, so... good. I mean, really good. I just love the way the sweet and spicy qualities of the syrup blend with the citrus in the margarita.
Get out the castanets, baby, it's about to get ca-razy.
Makes One Cup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced thin
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until all sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer to three to four minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes. The syrup will be slightly greenish-blue. Strain out the pepper slices and store in an airtight container. Jalapeno simple syrup will last in the refrigerator for up to three months (if you add a splash of vodka, it will last upwards of six months).
Makes One Cocktail
Kosher salt or white sugar
2 ounces blanco tequila*
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orange liqueur (like Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
1/2 ounce jalapeno simple syrup
1. On a small plate, combine a pinch of lime zest with either the sugar or salt (or both - your preference). Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of an old-fashioned glass, then dip the rim of the glass at a 45-degree angle into the sugar/salt/lime zest mixture (for and extra spicy kick, you could also rub a little jalapeno pepper on the rim of the glass... if you're one of those people who like the hurts so good kind of pain)
2. Fill a Boston shaker with ice, then add the tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and jalapeno simple syrup. Shake until the shaker is frosty on the outside (about 30 seconds)
3. Place three ice cubes in the old-fashioned glass, then strain the margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime sprig. Enjoy!!
* A good margarita is all in the details. Go for a quality 100% pure blue agave blanco or silver tequila. Patron Silver is good on the higher-end of price. 1800 brand tequila is also a winner at a lower price point.
**To make a pitcher of cocktails, increase the ingredients to 2 cups of tequila, 1 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup of orange liqueur, and 1/2 cup of jalapeno simple syrup. Stir together with ice in a large pitcher and pour into 8 glasses.