Do you mind if I extend Valentine’s Day just one more day? Please? Pretty please with a margarita on top?Here’s my logic: not everyone does Valentine’s day on the actual day. It’s hard to go out on a week night – and even though Friday was a little easier – if you get out of work late, or you are tired, its hard to rally into a big romantic night out. (Heck, because of a friend’s big birthday party tonight, we’ve pushed our celebration back to Sunday!)
But if you are celebrating tonight (or if you just lurve Margaritas!) then I’ve got the drink for you! It’s pretty and pink – perfect for your VDay night night- fruity and sweet, but with a spicy jalapeño and tequila kick. It’s a crowd pleaser for any party of two!
I have to confess, if there were 3 foods that I would happily eat every day for the rest of my life, it would be avocado, chocolate and guava. I *love* guava juice. Like drink a whole bottle of the stuff in a sitting love it. It probably feeds into my sugar addiction, because this stuff is sweet. That’s why it’s so perfect with the spicy.
Now, I have tried lot’s of different brands (here, and in Spain. I think I might be a Guava connoisseur). The one that tastes the least water down, and has the best Guava, (or Guayaba in Spanish) is Goya Guava Juice. I know I’m always a big fan of Goya (nope, not getting paid a cent by them. Never even talked to them. Just my honest Guava preference) but there is something about their juice, and how thick it is that’s delicious. It’s also sturdy enough to hold up against the jalapeño – and that’s no easy task!
The trick to getting jalapeño flavor into your drink without your mouth being on fire? Simple syrup. Just whip up a batch like I did in my Lavender Lemon Tea Cakes (except with jalapeño instead of lavender) and just shake or mix it into your cocktail. I personally like mine neat (I’m weird, most people like their margaritas on ice) but just pour yours over ice and you are done!Now, while these are – in my humble opinion- the perfect VDay drink for (for singles or couples) I’m even planing on making these next weekend, just for fun because they are so yummy. Worried they are too girly? Don’t Even Joe liked them, because while they are sweet they bring the heat!
So for all my readers continuing the romance, Happy Valentine’s Day, Part Deux!
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- For 4 Servings
- 4 cups Guava Juice
- 4oz Tequila
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 2-3 Jalapeños, sliced in half
- Kosher salt for glass
- In a pot, add 1/2 cup water, sugar and jalapeños. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into a small container and let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove jalapeños and keep in fridge till cool. Can be made several days in advance.
- Lightly dampen rims of glasses and dip the edges in Salt.
- Mix 1 cup guava juice, 1 oz tequila and 1-2 teaspoons jalapeño syrup. Shake with ice, or stir, and pour into salt rimmed glass. Add more ice if desired. Serve cold.