There’s no place better to be on National Margarita Day than on your favorite beach in sunny Mexico. But if you must imbibe at home, the taste of a great margarita will at least conjure up sweet vacation dreams of lounging at a great Los Cabos destination like the Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts. Created by mixologist Eufemio Vega of the resort’s excellent Quivira Steakhouse, the popular Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita is a delicious (and spicy) take on this perennial favorite. To counterbalance the peppery heat, the savvy use of cucumber and pineapple juice makes this margarita cocktail even more flavorful and refreshing than the original.
Never one to rest on its laurels, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, the deluxe adults-only oceanfront resort, will soon feature its own tequila: Tequila Don Alex. Featuring flavors of chocolate, habanero, cinnamon, raspberry and coconut, it debuted in the resort’s agave tastings. Tequila Don Alex will soon be on the menu at selected bars at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica.
Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita
Blanco tequila 1.5 oz.
Agave honey 1 oz.
Cucumber .25 grams
Basil .25 grams
Lemon juice 1 oz.
Pineapple juice .5 oz.
Jalapeño .10 grams
Tajin (seasoning mix) .02 grams
Method: Add the basil leaves, seedless cucumber pieces, lemon and pineapple juices, agave syrup, and a small piece of jalapeño pepper to a cocktail shaker. Macerate for 30 seconds. Pour the blanco tequila and ice into the shaker and shake it until icy cold on the outside. Place a few ice cubes in the serving glass; strain the margarita over the ice into prepared glass. Garnish with your cucumber ribbon.
Prepare Glass: Cut a slice of lemon, run the wedge along one side of the rim of the glass. Sprinkle tajin on a plate and pass the rim of the glass over it. With a peeler, make thin slices of the cucumber and intertwine them to form small mosaics to decorate the inside of the glass. Use another slice to create a cucumber ribbon by folding the slice back and forth upon itself and securing with a toothpick. Set aside for the garnish. Cue a spectacular sunset and imbibe.
Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Editor at Large for Pursuitist and a founding editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC. Her travel and lifestyle reports can also be been seen in Atlas Obscura, The Awesomer, DaySpa, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, JustLuxe, Lonely Planet, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, WellSpa 360, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler, Where Guestbook, Yahoo News, and dozens more. She's co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including 'The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome,' a travel Top 10 staple. As editor, Vicki's other books include 'Sinatra' (DK), 'Inside Mad' (Time-Life) and 'Virgin Los Angeles' (Virgin Books). She is one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for MAD Magazine, an entertainment reporter (Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CREEM), and authorized biographer for pop culture icons from the Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney to MC Hammer.