When I lived in Houston, Ninfa’s was the Tex-Mex restaurant of choice for a weekly girl’s night out. We loved it! They always had special margaritas for each season. Spring brought about a fruity, sweet margarita with a spicy kick. Sheer perfection.
This is my take on Ninfa’s sweet and spicy margarita. It incorporates my interpretations of a really great margarita – a little orange flavor along with fruit of some sort, some tang from lime or lemon juice, and tequila of course.
WHAT IS A GUAVA?
Guava is a tropical fruit with a lovely pink flesh that is sweet and tastes like strawberries mixed with a pear. It is just delicious.
These days, guava juice or nectar can be found in most grocery stores. Just look in your international food isles or in a Latino grocery. 2 brands that are very good are Kern’s or Goya.
VARIATIONS TO THIS RECIPE
Use what you like to make cocktails. That’s the best part of having a happy hour at home!
I like using Silver tequila for margaritas, but use either what you have or what you like.
Can’t find guava juice? Try mango nectar, peach nectar, or even apricot nectar. All would give a tropical flavor to the drink.
The orange flavor is something that can come from both a liqueur, zest, and juice or just zest and juice. Again, tailor the drink to your tastes.
Let’s talk about the rim. Just salt? Want to go salty and sweet, then use both salt and sugar. Add spice? Throw in some chili powder.
How about heat? If you really like heat, allow the jalapeno to steep for a longer time. Leave in the seeds and veins for some serious heat.
This sweet and spicy cocktail is a delightful surprise on your tongue. Sweet guava juice, the flavors of orange and lime, and a spicy, citrus jalapeno simple syrup make a delicious margarita with the heat of jalapeno. It’s perfect for a warm summer evening.