Try this margarita recipe next time you want a cocktail with a little zip. With flavors of citrus like lime and orange you'll feel like you're relaxing on a beautiful Mexican beach.
Place the water and sugar and in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil. Give it a stir to help dissolve the sugar. Once all the sugar is dissolved add the jalapeno and simmer for 10 more minutes. Turn the heat off, and allow the jalapeno to steep for 10 to 30 minutes. The longer you steep the spicier the syrup will be. Taste and when you're happy with the flavor, allow to cool and then strain into a glass jar and put in the refrigerator to cool. If you need it immediately put some in the freezer and take it out once its cool. It can be kept refrigerated for 3-4 weeks.
Mix all the ingredients for the chili salt in a small bowl. Then spoon on a small flat plate in a circle about the size of your margarita glasses. Store the leftovers in a and sprinkle over tortilla chips, popcorn, pizza or eggs.
Rub a slice of lime around the rim of the margarita glass to moisten. Then turn it face down onto the plate with the chili lime salt mixture to coat the rim.
Place all the margarita ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into a margarita glass with ice and the rim salted (use chili salt recipe). Add a few slices of jalapeno for garnish. Enjoy!
Note: Tajín Clásico Seasoning, a delicious mild chili lime flavored salt makes a great substitute to coat the rims of the glasses when you don't want to make your own. It's salty and tangy with a little hint of heat. It's incredibly versatile and once you try it is sure to become a household staple.