Savor Sister Linda here today celebrating all things chiltepin. In the mood for both chiletpin and a margarita last weekend, I opened my mind up W I D E and came up with this. Because of the heat of the chiltepin I playfully refer to it as the Whoa-Nellie/Nelita Mararita, But is could be renamed the Margarita of Lots of Vitamin-C , not a very interesting name, but a true one, as chiltepin and Citrus-Juice have so much Vitamin-C.
THE SECRET Ingredient in this surprising Margarita, are the make-ahead-of-time fresh lime juice or orange juice (or any juice you like) ice cubes.
Squeeze fresh lime juice, or any fresh fruit juice, directly into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen take them out and put them in a container of zip locks so flavor is maintained and no taste of the freezer ends up in your margarita. These ice cubes are visually beautiful as well as flavorful and are great with Oh-So-Good Just Plain Water in the summer. Or add to fun drinks for kids while you are enjoying your adult cocktails.
I make these glass by glass,
1) add 1-2 crushed chiltepin to the bottom of your glass.
2) fill the glass with lime and Orange ice cubes.
3) depending on how big your glass is and the “strength” you want add:
one Tablespoon or one shot of Patron Citron Orange Liqueur
two Tablespoons or two shots of your favorite tequila
This is the version that I like, as it is not too sweet. But, if you are someone who likes your margaritas on the sweeter side, add honey to taste (start with at teaspoon and increase if you desire) remembering to stir well. A sprig of mint might delight your tongue as well as your eyes.
Drink on a hot summer evening. As the lime and orange ice cubes melt, the flavors of the chiltepin, liqueur ,and tequila both deepen and widen. This is a margarita that just might help you hear the chiltepin actually speak.
Try drinking this with summer evening guacamole and quesadillas.
I will soon be announcing my new Time Capsule Kitchen website that is dedicated to the noble chiltepin! Stay tuned to hear those chiles speak!!!