There are few things as refreshing during the summer swelter as a cool limeade. A bit sweet, a bit tart and deeply refreshing, it’s a consummate summertime libation. But it’s one that’s made all the better with the addition of tequila, the heat from fresh jalapeno chiles and the botanicals of cilantro. Enter the Tequila Limeade, from blogger and recipe developer Matt Armato. It’s a concoction that add serious kick to your summertime parties or afternoon porch hangs.
The Tequila Limeade is, essentially, an effervescent take on a Spicy Margarita. It starts a bit differently though, by muddling together fresh jalapenos, agave nectar and cilantro. Depending on how much heat you want in your drink, you may want to seed the jalapeno slices before adding them to the mix, as the flesh of the pepper has less spice than the seeds. Also keep in mind that jalapenos can vary wildly in terms of heat levels, so be sure to taste it first before adding (also be sure to wear gloves or carefully wash your hands after handling to avoid a potential bad time).
Another thing to keep in mind is that not everyone loves cilantro—for some people it tastes soapy and off-putting, so if you’re planning on making this for a group of people, be sure to check that everyone is on board with the leafy botanicals.
Once you’ve got your muddled ingredients, it’s time to add the tequila and lime juice (after shaking them with ice). Other than using a blanco tequila (something aged will throw off the color and flavor), it’s up to you what kind to use. Whatever you like best in your Margaritas will be a good option here, too. Top the whole thing off with ice and club soda, garnish with a straw and cilantro sprig, and you’ll be sipping pretty.
- 8 cilantro leaves
- 2 slices fresh jalapeño
- 1/2 ounce light agave nectar
- 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
- 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 ounces club soda, chilled, to top
- Garnish: cilantro sprig
Add the agave nectar, cilantro leaves and jalapeno slices into a shaker and muddle gently.
Add the tequila and lime juice, and ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
Top with the club soda.
Garnish with a cilantro sprig