Add a little jalapeno to this zippy, citrus-forward drink to help you cool down on summer days. CONTRIBUTED/TESS VELLA
To make the simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and hot water. Stir to combine. Add your sliced jalapenos or any other pepper of your choice. If you don’t want it super spicy, remove the seeds of your jalapenos first. If you want to take it up on a notch, the seeds are what will do it. Store in fridge to cool.
In a cocktail tin, muddle together the chilled simple syrup and your jalapeno slices. Combine together the tequila, and fruit juices. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice in a rocks glass. Feel free to salt the rim with pepper seasoning or course kosher salt.
If you’re wanting to add even more complexity, use fresh watermelon, cucumber, mango, passionfruit juice. Really anything — start with this fundamental recipe and get creative.
Cool down by warming things up this summer. Cheers!