June 23, 2011

Jalapeno Limeade Cocktail

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So needless to day this week has been a rainy drag, although beautiful with all the scattered thunderstorms... I am a sucker for thunder and lighting as long as it's not my beachy weekend. Well tonight we got to pick up a little summer fun even though the weather wasn't cooperating because we are stopping over a friends after work for a few cocktails to catch up.

After last nights jalapeno chicken I had so many left over jalapenos that I was dying to use in something today. 

There is something about the heat and taste of a jalapeno that makes me crave just a little more heat in everything I make.

Anyways, I have started to make a lot of simple syrups this summer and it's my year end goal to learn how to jar almost anything I want to... but starting small with simple syrups was my way of testing the waters without wasting a ton of delicious ingredients because I messed up. So my simple syrup has finally come to a heated spicy one which I am so excited about.

I love this recipe because the heat is cut ever so slightly but the sugar and when mixed with the organic fresh lime juice this drink becomes very cool and refreshing.

And remember, you can always make this drink to your liking. This time around I used 2 large jalapenos and a splash of soda and we were in love. Perfect for a sunny day on the deck or just gathering with friends in the rain.

Sun or no sun... here's to summer, Cheers! 

Jalapeno Lemonade Recipe
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

1 cup pure lime juice
5 cups water

1 cup Tequila
soda water, optional

for jalapeno simple syrup
1 jalapenos, chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
pinch salt

Place the chopped jalapenos and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Continue boiling till about half the water has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Then add sugar and salt and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer just until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let the syrup cool for about 5 minutes.

Place a strainer over a pitcher. Pour the jalapeno sugar syrup, lime juice and 6 cups water through the strainer into the pitcher. 

Stir well. Serve chilled over ice cubes.

If you would like a little fizz to your drink, pour your glass with ice and limeade stopping about 2 inches before the rim and top with soda water.
yum yum, we enjoyed!


Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

My husband and I LOVE jalapeno's! I will def be making this soon!

Bennie said...

I love jalapenos too, if I gind some free time maybe I'll give this a try.

Laura said...

this sounds great! I never thought of putting a pinch of salt in with my simple syrup, I'll have to give it a try!-Hayf

amy @ fearless homemaker said...

i stumbled across your blog after looking for (not surprisingly) jalapeno recipes. =) this cocktail looks absolutely amazing - will be trying it soon!