Happy Cinco De Mayo!  I am late on this post......sorry.  We had to travel away for the weekend for our oldest High School baseball game.  I goal was to post this yesterday, but between driving home (ok, so I was a passenger), insane allergies and too much sun......yea I went to bed super early last night.  Better late then never!

Today I created a Cran Chili Margarita.  I was honestly a little scared to mix in the chili powder.  I know it's not the same thing, but I had a habanero martini once and YIKES....HOT...TOOOO HOT......for me at least.  My folks and husband loved it though....and drank all of mine.  That martini has scared me ever since......therefore I have never tried to add peppers of any kind to my cocktails...and in a wussy way, I thought chili powder would be my first step.

I really like this cocktail.  The chili powder was a great addition.  I also mixed it into the sugar rim on my margarita glass, very good call.  I think I may start experimenting with a pepper in the future......a very very mild pepper to start with.

(This week is teacher appreciation week.  Our school does not celebrate it until the week of the 19-23.  I am selling Teacher Wine Charm sets at my Etsy store and I'd love for you to check it out!  Here is a link to that listing: Teacher Wine Charm Sets  Here is a link to my Etsy store in general JPDesigned.  I can do custom orders for just about anything you have in mind.  Convo me through my store and let's create something together!)

Here is my recipe for a Cran Chili Margarita:

  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry cocktail juice
  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/16 teaspoon chili powder
Rim a margarita glass with an even mixture of sugar and chili powder.  In a shaker, add ice and all of the ingredients above.  Shake well and dump everything into your rimmed margarita glass.

Here is a photo of the end result:


Here is a photo of the ingredients:


I was contacted by Zulka Pure Cane Sugar and they wanted to send me a bag of Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to try out.  She thought it might be something that I could use in an upcoming cocktail.  She was right!  I tasted the sugar by itself and I have to say I like it.  It is not super sweet/sugary.....you know what you think of when you think "sugar".....that face you make when something is too sweet....well at least that is what I think of when I think of sugar.  Zulka was not that.  I think this sugar was a perfect accent to my creation today.  If I would have gone with a sweeter tasting sugar....I'm not sure if it would have worked as well.



Here is a quote from an email I received from Zulka Pure Cane Sugar, "Zulka Pure Cane Sugar is an unrefined, vegan, Non-GMO Project verified "Morena" style sugar that is minimally processed and comes straight from freshly-harvested sugar cane."

I think I'll try it next time I bake something.  Perfect excuse to make some cookies....or....oh boy....I'd better head to the store!

I hope you are all having a great Cinco De Mayo.  Here's to chili powder, and not being a wuss and using it!


The Cocktail Lady
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