Happy Memorial Day weekend!
Living on the Central Coast, we are always amazed at how many festivals there are on this Saturday. I think just about every town in the area has one. The Strawberry Festival, The Tequila Festival, The Oyster Festival, and The Art Festival, just to name a few. It makes sense though, there is fun for everybody this Memorial Day weekend…whether a tourist or a local looking for some “staycation” fun.
Sam and I just kicked off the weekend by ending a wedding rehearsal with a little wine tasting, dinner and a movie (“We are Back Pitches” was hilarious!). Tomorrow we will be in full wedding-mode, helping one of our lovely bride and grooms celebrate with their family and friends. We are so excited to be throwing a bash at the gorgeous Dos Amantes Ranch, but we are honestly pretty stoked that Monday will be a wind-down and BBQ kind of day.
In honor of winding down, I figured that today would be a great day to share one of my favorite drinks. I may be blond and blue eyed, but I love my spice! There is just something magical about a cocktail that has a bit of spice to balance out the sweet n’ sour components. This drink will go great with whatever you are barbequing: fish, steak, chicken or even a veggie burger.
So kick off those shoes, scrounge out a pair of flip flops and get ready to enjoy the long weekend!
The ingredients are simple:
One part tequila, steeped with one jalapeno overnight
One part lime juice
One part simple syrup (1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar heated until the sugar dissolves)
There are two key components to this cocktail: fresh lime juice and Tequila that has been steeped with jalapenos overnight.
I always use key limes because though they look tiny in comparison to their larger cousins, they have at least twice the lime juice. Tiny but mighty, if you will.
I usually prefer my margaritas on the rocks. Slushy drinks ALWAYS give me brain freeze.
Start by adding one shot glass full of simple syrup.
Next, I add a shot glass of my tequila that has steeped with one whole jalapeno overnight.
Go ahead and throw in a couple of those jalapenos so that peeps know what they are drinking 😉
Lastly, add one shot glass of fresh lime juice.
Give it a stir and prep your glass with sea salt.
Nom nom….time to think about the BBQ. Well, after I BBQ for 82 guests tomorrow night 😉
Have a great time chill-axing my friends!
Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton