Spicy Cilantro Margarita

I love margaritas, sometimes a bit too much! And I also love spicy things and am in love with the herb cilantro. This margarita is so fresh with a nice hint of spiciness. You are going to love this one and really take your cocktail game to the next level.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

1/4 cup smoked sea salt, such as Maldon, or regular sea salt 

1 teaspoon chile-lime seasoning, such as Tajin (see Cook's Note)

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

1/2 Fresno, jalapeno or serrano chile, chopped

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows

1 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau

2 ounces good tequila

Ice

Lime soda, for serving

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Directions

  1. Combine the smoked salt and chile-lime seasoning on a saucer. 
  2. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime and dip the glass into the mixture on the saucer.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cilantro leaves with the chile, lime juice and simple syrup. Add the orange-flavored liqueur and tequila and shake with ice for 20 seconds.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass with fresh ice and garnish with the top of the chile. Top with lime soda. Serve.

Simple Syrup:

  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Let cool.

Cook’s Note

You can also combine smoked paprika and lime zest.

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