Written by Paul Abercrombie
In this remarkably multifaceted martini, a few teensy slivers of jalapeo transform what would be a tasty but ho-hum strawberry margarita into a modern classic. And while you're sipping, try this trick: Concentrate on the taste of each individual ingredient, and you will be able to transport the jalapeno from the merest suggestion of heat to center stage.
Photo (c) 2009 by Jerry Errico
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries, 3 of the jalapeno slivers, and the lemon juice until well mashed. Add the tequila and agave nectar, and fill the shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the remaining jalapeno sliver.
- 2 organic strawberries, hulled
- 4 slivers peeled and seeded organic jalapeno chile
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
- 1 1/2 ounces organic reposado tequila
- 1/2 ounce organic agave nectar
From Organic, Shaken and Stirred, by Paul Abercrombie. (c) 2009, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press.