The Baxter Street

In this cocktail, the classic margarita gets a spicy upgrade with DIY jalapeño-infused tequila. The Baxter Street is a wildly popular drink at Karl Franz Williams's bar, 67 Orange Street in NYC. After you take just one tart and fiery sip, you'll understand why!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Ingredients

Jalapeño Tequila

2 jalapeño peppers

1 bottle tequila, preferably Fortaleza Blanco brand

Cocktail

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

3/4 ounce agave syrup, available at most grocery stores or online

2 ounces jalapeño-infused tequila

Ice cubes

1 lime wedge, for garnish

Directions

  1. Jalapeño tequila: Trim stem ends off jalapeños, then slice each pepper in half; remove and discard seeds from 1 pepper. Place all four halves in the 2-quart container and add the entire bottle of tequila. Press down on the peppers with a muddler to break them up, releasing their flavor and heat. Stir, then let rest 15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, taste the tequila for heat and jalapeño flavor (to avoid over-infusion, which will make the tequila too spicy). Place a strainer over the wide end of a small funnel; then pour the infused tequila back into the bottle through the funnel. (The strainer will catch the jalapeños and seeds, which can be discarded.)
  3. Cocktail: Add lime juice, agave, and infused tequila to a cocktail shaker. Meanwhile, fill a rocks glass with ice cubes to chill. Add additional ice cubes to the shaker, then cover and shake briefly, about 5 seconds. Open the shaker and, using a strainer, pour the cocktail into the ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.
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