We all need margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, do we not? The margarita is undeniably one of my favorite classic cocktails. The great thing about this drink is the endless amount of possibilities and variations. It’s safe to say that there is a margarita out there for everyone. I’ve made this delicious Celery Jalapeño Margarita just in time for all your Cinco de Mayo festivities!
CELERY JALAPENO MARGARITA
2 oz. jalapeño infused blanco tequila*
3/4 oz. celery juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/4 oz. agave nectar
salt and celery salt, for rimming glass
*You will need to infuse your tequila by placing sliced jalapeño in it and letting it sit. I portioned out the amount of tequila I needed and placed it in a jar with the jalapeños. Don’t let it sit for too long or else it will get VERY hot. Your best bet is to straw test it every few minutes until your desired heat level has been reached. I would say 10-15 minutes at most and then strain the jalapeños out. If you’re making a lot of these margaritas you can infuse a whole bottle of tequila too.
Celery juice is a crucial element to this cocktail and I juiced it using my Hurom Slow Juicer. If you don’t have a slow juicer you can blend the celery in a high powered blender and then strain it through a cheesecloth. Alternatively, if you live near a juice bar you can ask to buy a few ounces of celery juice too.
First, salt your glasses (I used a mixture of sea salt and celery salt). Add all your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Next, strain it into your salt rimmed glassware filled with ice and garnish it with a slice of jalapeño. Bonus points for having cute drink stirrers like these pink cactus ones, which are available in the PSS Shop (online here and in Palm Springs at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five).
It’s so hard to pick a favorite margarita but I’m totally in love with this Celery Jalapeño one! Can I just have all the margaritas? If I’m being honest, I’ve actually never used celery in a cocktail, unless I was garnishing a Bloody Mary, until now. But I have to tell you, it was unexpectedly delightful. The flavor of celery is kind of hard to explain but it works so well in cocktails because it adds a fresh, clean, and savory element. Pineapple and jalapeño is probably my favorite combination ever for drinks (or even on pizza) and those ingredients really made this drink come together.
I was so excited to use these glasses because I actually bought them in a vintage store in Joshua Tree on my first trip to Palm Springs. Also: how cute are those pink cactus stirrers? As the weather gets warmer this Celery Jalapeño Margarita is the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy to quench your thirst while you’re sitting poolside. There’s no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year than in the company of your favorite margarita and some tacos. Enjoy and happy Cinco de Mayo!
Author and Photography by Natalie Jacob