Kara Newman, author of the new book, Spice & Ice, joined us to share a few of her tongue-tingling cocktails.
Spicy Cucumber Margarita
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and the jalapeno. Add the tequila, lime juice, triple sec and ice. Shake and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with small pepper.
Blood Orange-Jalapeno Margarita
In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake together all the ingredients and then strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with a jalapeno slice.
*To make th jalapeno-infused tequila, add one whole jalapeno, sliced to 1 cup silver tequila. Cover and allow to steep for at least two hours. Taste to check the heat level; continue to steep for one more hour if a spicier tequila is desired.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries and poblano peppers. Shake the tequila, Cointreau and ice. Strain into a martini glass.
*If berries are tart, add a tablespoon of sugar when muddling. You can also use raspberries or blueberries, or even frozen berries.
For more information, visit Kara's website.