Blueberry Jalapeno Margaritas
I hate margaritas. Tequila, whiskey, vodka….ok really any alcohol just tastes plain bad to me. But margaritas run deep in my memories. Goosebumps run wild on my skin from them. When I turned 18 and took a trip to Mexico for the first time with a ton of other 18 year old idiots, I did more tequila poppers in a week than I will ever do again in my life. Thank the good lord that camera phones or Facebook or even digital cameras weren’t really a thing yet because there are moments back then that I would never want to revisit. You know how back in the day you would hear about a friend getting caught smoking and his dad would make him smoke the whole pack of cigarettes and then he would never want to touch them again? I did that to myself with tequila. It’s crazy how that smell can evoke misery. I know about 60% of you have gone through the same thing.
Anywho, I’ve been determined for a long time now to create a margarita that I not only can stand, but also can enjoy. Finally, it has happened. I absolutely love this cocktail! And it would be good with vodka or gin, if you aren’t into the gross tequila. Remember, I didn’t make these cocktails super strong, so if you’re looking for a little more zip in your drink, add more tequila. Duh.
Speaking of alcohol, wanna talk about The Bachelor? I feel like everyone looks the same. And sounds the same. Like a really high pitched voice that kind of hurts to listen to. Except for Lace. Oh good ole’ deep voice, mumbling Lace. This poor girl, just getting drunk and continuously repeating that she’s not crazy. I think men in their late 20’s and up know that if a woman is saying she’s not crazy, she’s f*cking psycho. And Lace has brown hair anyways, she’s effed. Ben likes the blonde bombshells. Not to worry, Ben, you’ll end up with Lace in the end. She will definitely be stalking you in Denver. Stalking meaning kidnapping you. Watch your back Ben, watch yo back.
I didn’t get to see this weeks new episode since I was packing for Costa Rica, so don’t spoil it yet. Even though I’m guessing absolutely nothing happened except for dates that make you feel weird inside. Hopefully they didn’t go on a date again to smell each other. I felt so bad for the chick who was told she smelled sour. That would definitely be my smell. I nervous sweat all day long, no matter what the situation is. I could be going to the bathroom in my own empty house and still have nervous sweat. Too many episodes of ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘The Jinx.’ Even the organic deo can’t save me. I miss the old days when they just hung out in hot tubs…that weren’t in hot tub stores. Did anyone think that was weird AF? Oh Bachelor, how I missed your weirdness.
Blueberry Jalapeno Margaritas
- Yield: 4-5 1x
For the rim
- lime wedge
- 1/4 cup of sugar (I used maple sugar) or coarse salt
For the jalapeño lime simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey (or agave if you are ok with that)
- 2 jalapeños, sliced
- juice of 1/2 lime
For the margaritas
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 cup blue agave silver tequila
- mint leaves, for garnish
- lime wedges, for garnish
- To make your life easier, get the glasses ready first then set in the freezer until you are ready with your drink. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass then place sugar or salt on a plate and dip the rim of the glass in it and all the way around. Then add crushed ice to the glass. Repeat with 4 glasses. Place in freezer.
- Place all the ingredients for the simple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat to let cool.
- Once slightly cool, remove 4-5 slices of jalapeño for garnish then pour the rest of the simple syrup into a high speed blender along with 1 cup of blueberries. Puree for almost 1 minute until everything is completely combine. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a jar.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with the blueberry mixture, lime juice, and tequilla along with a couple ice cubes. Cover and shake. Strain mixture into chilled glasses and garnish with blueberries, candied jalapeños, mint and lime.
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18 thoughts on “Blueberry Jalapeno Margaritas”
These are so pretty! Plus, I love spicy drinks. I’m not a big drinker but lately I have had to stay away from alcohol completely. My cheeks have always gotten a little pink when I drink but lately it’s bad a really bad reaction. My whole face gets blotchy and red- maybe I’m developing an allergy? So weird. Maybe I’ll make a virgin recipe of these!
Sounds like alcohol flush reaction. The only “treatment” is to just avoid alcohol. 🙁
Yeah you’re probably right! I don’t imbibe often but this still stinks!
Try taking Pepcid prior to drinking. I’ve also found that if I have any form of dairy prior to drinking, it’s more of a problem. I realize this is a paleo blog but, butter. In general since going paleo I have found that it’s easier for me to drink when I choose too, I believe it’s because essentially everything I’m putting in my body is low glycemic. And not like you should drink on an empty stomach, but having your drink a little while after dinner as opposed to during dinner can be very helpful. Because let’s be honest, it’s no fun to be out with people who are drinking and you’re the sober one…drunk people are rather irritating when you’re sober and its also nice to let loose on occasion.
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Oh my word, yes! I love a sweet/spicy/tangy drink. Makes me crave summertime. Have fun on your PaleOMG Costa Rica trip! Soak up some sun for all us!
Hey Juli, I really enjoy reading your stuff. I’m sometimes confused by the unhealthy recipes you post, though. Like this one for instance. You’ve talked about how drinking is something you hardly EVER do anymore, and it’s the first thing you suggest cutting when people ask for weight loss advice. I don’t think anyone can make a case for an alcoholic drink being a healthy choice. Why post drink recipes then? Seems disingenuous.
even if you tell people to not consume alcohol, they still do. i’m giving people better options than the crap out there to make drinks themselves. in no way am i saying alcohol is good for you, whatsoever. nor is sugar, but no one ever complains about dessert recipes. i give people better options to foods and drinks they are consuming anyways. if your goal is to lose weight, don’t drink alcohol. plain and simple.
The main principle of being paleo is that it is lifestyle not a diet. Therefore, we need more of these recipes that allow people a balance, a treat to enjoy, without “falling off the wagon.” A majority of people drink alcohol, so I think it’s nice that Julie offers recipes that include alcohol. I very much appreciate that I can find alcoholic recipes on this blog that are wholesome and sugar free. I have followed the paleo diet for nearly 7 years (never giving up alcohol), and have been very successful at both losing weight and improving my overall health. To me, being paleo is about finding a balance, eating good foods, trying new recipes, never fretting about calories, and enjoying life…which may mean drinking alcohol. Cheers!
Yum!! I will making this one for the Super Bowl! Thanks Juli!
Do you leave the seeds in the jalapeño? I made a double batch of the syrup as I love spicy drinks (Pepper Blossom at Root Down, delicious). It might be some mild peppers, or spicier when all mixed together?
i left the seeds for this!
Oh my goodness!!! These are so delicious, refreshing, and not too difficult. I used just one jalapeño and it was still plenty spicy for my taste. I did leave all the seeds in. Yum, yum! Can’t wait to try more of your cocktail recipes!
Juli, these look marvelous. Going to put these on the Fourth of July menu.
Super – easy and delicious! ?
glad you liked it Cheryl!
I love this recipe and have been making these for years! If we want to omit the blueberries, do we just omit or add more lime juice instead?
that would definitely change the recipe to just a spicy margarita, but i don’t see why not! try it out and let me know!