Not Your Mama’s Margarita

Photo © Cassandra Birocco

Cool summer sips are perfect for relaxing — whether it’s herbal iced tea, freshly-squeezed lemonade or something more potent.

Mix up some Jalapeño Margaritas and invite some friends over. Add some chips, salsa and sour cream to munch on and you have yourself a G.T. (Get Together).

Chilled Jalapeño Margarita


  • Kosher salt, for rim
  • 1/4 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped, or to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (reserve 1 wedge or slice for garnish)
  • Ice, for serving
  • 3 ounces sour mix, available in grocery stores
  • 2 ounces tequila, or to taste


  • Chill margarita glass.
  • Pour some salt out onto a flat plate.
  • Rub 1 lime wedge around rim of glass. Dip rim in salt and set aside.
  • Place jalapeño and 2 lime wedges (or 1/2 lime) in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until slightly mashed. Add ice, sour mix and tequila. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled glass, garnish with lime wedge or slice and serve cold.

Yield: 1

Recipe by Karen Covey. Photo by Cassandra Bircocco. Recipe featured in summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine.


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