Cucina Valentina

Cucina Valentina

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas

Happy Friday!

Time for a Margarita, and this one is well deserved. 

Today I dove head first into Sea Salt production for my Cucina Valentina Etsy store, determined to add a variety of infused Sea Salts to my Kitchen Essentials line.  Two of my favorite flavors are smoky chipotle and bright, zesty lime.  I may be Italian, but, oh, how I love my Mexican food.  I can think of dozens of ways to use a chipotle lime salt - and I intend to share them all right here.

I soon discovered that this endeavor is extremely labor intensive.  There's the zesting and the squeezing, then the low-temp baking and then the grinding... 

The end result is amazing, and I'm not complaining, but after zesting a literal bushel of limes, I am ready for a refreshing libation!

This is a truly delicious margarita, as the cucumber gives it a burst of freshness and the jalapeno, the perfect kick.  Thank you to Michael Symon for the inspiration.


Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas


1/2 C fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 C Tequila
1/4 C Grand Marnier
1/4 C agave nectar

Jalapeno and cucumber, thin sliced

Chipotle Lime Sea Salt


Wet rim of glasses with a lime wedge then dip and roll into a shallow plate of chipotle salt until rim is coated.

Combine the first four ingredients in an ice filled shaker and shake vigerously.  Strain into glasses and garnish with cucumber and jalapeno.

For stronger cucumber/jalapeno flavor, mix all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Serves 2 large or 4 small

Adapted from Michael Symon - Food Network

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