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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Try It Tuesday...The Unusual Margarita

We've stepped up our margarita around here thanks to The Four Seasons hotel in St. Louis. A little over three weeks ago I decided at the last minute to fly home to surprise my mom and aunt for their birthday. We spent the weekend at the Four Seasons getting pampered, relaxing and enjoying some qt with my family. This is where I tasted the Unusual Margarita that is on their menu. It is like nothing I've had before and believe me I've tested a lot of 'rita's from all over. I tried to re-create it when I came home but it was nothing like how theirs tasted. My aunt double dared me to call the hotel bar and ask for the recipe and to my surprise they gave it to me. I'm sure there are probably a couple of steps they left out but it tastes delicious. We now infuse our own tequila and make shrub! It is a little bit of a process but trust me...it's worth it. 
Ingredients for infusing tequila
1 bottle (750ml) silver tequila (we use El Jimador) 
1-2 jalapeño peppers 
handful of fresh thyme
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Cut jalapeños in half and put in tequila bottle (or use a separate glass bottle)
You can take out some of the seeds to make it less spicy. Also put in your thyme and let this set for about 5 days or until desired taste. After you have reached your desired taste, strain tequila a couple of times to rid your tequila of jalapeño, jalapeño seeds and thyme.
Ingredients for shrub
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
1 cucumber, peeled and slice
2 limes, sliced
3 cups sugar
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Put shrub ingredients (except for sugar) in a bowl and let sit for two days on the counter. After two days put shrub in a pot on the stove (with the cucumber and limes) and heat to dissolve sugar (we bring ours to a boil while stirring frequently). Let cool to room temperature and then strain with a cheesecloth or metal strainer two times into a bowl. Let this set for two days in the fridge. The hard part is done and now you'll have enough to make multiple margarita's.
Now let's put this all together! It might take you a couple of tries to find out what works for your taste buds. Using two jalapeños to infuse your tequila might be too spicy for you so next time try just using one and removing some of the seeds. 
The recipe calls for two parts tequila, one part shrub and one part cointreau (or your favorite orange liqueur). We also squeeze a half of a lime into this (roughly 1 oz.). Shake with ice, pour into your favorite margarita glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!

Enjoy!

7 comments:

  1. This sounds AMAZING! I can't wait to try it out.

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  3. Tracey M.8:28 AM

    These are a lot of steps Char...I'll be honest. But I'm up for the challenge. We've become addicted to Bar Rescue recently and they make all of these delicious cocktails, needless to say I've been dying to try something yummy. Good Tuesday post! :)

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  4. YUM! I'm all for trying a new kind of margarita.
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  5. I have to try it, I really love margarita. Thanks for the advice.
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  6. yum this looks great! thanks for sharing!

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  7. This definitely was the most unusual margarita that I've ever tried and it was so good! Loved that you called to get the recipe. Nice work and thanks for sharing it!!!

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