I’m not a huge drinker by any stretch of the imagination but I do have a few go-to adult beverages: a Moscow Mule, an extra dirty vodka martini, and my absolute favorite- a spicy cucumber margarita. Nothing is more refreshing and tasty than a spicy margarita on a hot summer day. This margarita has a perfect blend of muddled jalapeno and cucumber and just a touch of honey for sweetness. With warmer weather approaching, keep this recipe on hand.
What is a skinny margarita?
A skinny margarita is one that has a lower amount of sugar than a normal margarita. The most popular way to make at-home margaritas is to use a premade mix that contains a ton of sugar. This isn’t very good for you because it spikes your insulin levels and can also lead to a worse hangover. My skinny spicy cucumber margarita only uses 1 tsp of honey so it’s not nearly as bad for you as the typical.
What if I don’t like spicy drinks?
If spicy drinks aren’t up your alley, you can easily leave out the jalapeno and spicy rimmer. What you will be left with is a cucumber and lime margarita which is totally great. It will be equally as refreshing without the spice!
What is the best kind of alcohol to use in this margarita?
For my margarita, I used Triple Sec and tequila. The brand of tequila I used is Don Julio Blanco. It is important to use a high-quality tequila when you are making any kind of tequila-based drink because more expensive tequilas will taste much smoother than their cheaper counterparts. If you like a smoky taste, one of my favorite substitutions for this skinny spicy cucumber margarita is to use a Mezcal instead of a normal tequila. Mezcal is made from a bunch of different agaves which give it a smoky and super tasty flavor profile.
Spicy Cucumber Margarita
- 3 oz tequila I used tequila blanco
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1/2 lime cut into wedges
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/3 jalapeño sliced
- 4 slices cucumber
- 1 tsp honey
- chili powder seasoning (Tajin) for garnish
- Add in cucumber slices, jalapeño, lime wedges in a cocktail shaker and muddle using a muddler to get all the juices and flavors out.
- Next, add in ice, 3oz (2 shots) of tequila, honey, and lime juice and place lid onto shaker. Shake vigorously.
- Coat rim of glass with a lime wedge and dip in chili powder seasoning (Tajin).
- Pour cocktail into glass using a strainer.