Next weekend we will be attending a Cinco de Mayo party where each guest brings a batch of margaritas to enter into a contest so I have been brainstorming what recipe we should whip up for the win this year. Last year we tried to be fancy and brought these, but we didn’t win which I will chalk up to the fact that most of the judges were drunk. My favorite kind of margarita is a classic Tommy’s margarita with jalapeño muddled in and a spicy paprika salt rim (generally enjoyed in Palm Springs!) so I thought I might try out an even spicier recipe to potentially enter in the contest.
Working with my fave recipe as a base, I added in muddled red pepper, more jalapeños, a pepper garnish including fiery habanero and rimed the glass with home-made lime salt. I absolutely love how this cocktail turned out, but it occurred to me after a few sips that the spice won’t make it a crowd pleaser (aka the champion) so I’ll need to think of something else for the contest. I think we will go off the beaten path with a less traditional margarita and I’ll be happy to do all the “research” in the meantime.