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Sandwich Sunday // Jalapeno Margarita

I finally had one. It took me 27 years, but it finally happened. Over the weekend, I had myself a Chevy Chase moment.

I don’t play golf. I’m not (usually) inclined to dress up in shark costumes. Decorating my house for Christmas was the only chance I had.

As Chevy once noted, tis the season to be “Mary”. Well, standing atop my roof on Saturday, staple gun in hand, bundle of Christmas lights strung about my torso, I couldn’t help but feel proud of the fact that I’ve finally grown up to appreciate the beautiful simplicity of an 80-foot extension cord. Eleven strings of lights, two automatic timers, and only a single staple through the meatiest part of my palm. Chevy would be proud.

Sandwich Sunday // Christmas Lights

Sandwich Sunday // Xmas Lights

Yes, I hung Christmas lights this weekend. Or, more accurately, I practiced some seriously amateur electrical work over the course of a very frustrating six hours. As a result, though, our house looks quite festive. Not exactly Griswold-esque, but decent enough.

In fact, I think I deserve some tequila.

Sandwich Sunday // Jalapeno Marg

Sandwich Sunday // Margarita

Sandwich Sunday // Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

The original title of this post was “Shot of Tequila”. But, considering all of my recipes – at least to this point – have included multiple ingredients, that just wasn’t going to cut it. So, I whipped up a cucumber and jalapeño margarita (i.e. tequila mixed with other crap so it qualifies as a “recipe”). Actually, though, this thing turned out delicious. The cucumber cooled off whatever heat was present as a result of muddling the jalapeño, and the agave nectar is always a welcomed departure from the overly sugary margs to which you might be accustomed. (In general, I think it’s only appropriate that you sweeten a margarita with agave – the same plant from which the tequila itself is made.)

Anyhow, make yourself a margarita, get up on your roof, and give those string lights hell.

We’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas…

Cucumber & Jalapeno Margarita

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 1 slice of jalapeño (Holding the stem, stand the jalapeño on its tip. Then, slice off the pepper’s flesh, leaving the seeds and ribs intact.)
  • 1 thick slice of cucumber, quartered into hunks
  • 2 measures fresh lime juice (2-3 limes), plus 1 slice – for garnish
  • 1 measure agave nectar
  • 1 measure orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (preferred) or TripleSec
  • 2 measures reposado tequila, or tequila of your choice
  1. Add the slice of jalapeño and hunks of cucumber to a shaker glass. Muddle until the jalapeño is thoroughly mashed, and the cucumber hunks have released their juices.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the glass. Add ice, top the shaker, and shake like hell.
  3. Prepare the glass: rub a slice of lime around the rim of a cocktail glass, and dip the rim into a plate of salt. Add fresh ice to the glass.
  4. Strain the margarita into the glass, and garnish with the slice of lime.
  5. Imbibe and get Christmas-y.

Makin’ margs to:

Posted by Chris on 12/4/12 in Cocktails


  1. Signe

    I’m sure Erin loved the results of your hard work this weekend. House looks beautiful.

  2. Karen

    I whole heartedly agree. Your house looks awesome. I think Ryan brought home some tequila from Mexico so I’m thinking we ought to try out this recipe soon. Maybe in Steamboat!

    • Chris

      Signe: I appreciated your hard work this weekend as well – I’m now an official krumkake fan!

      Karen: Absolutely. Apres-ski margs, for sure.

  3. jed

    i’m in for anything tequila. the reason i comment though is band of horses. these guys have been in my heavy rotation for at least a month – a full couple years after i discovered them but i just think they’re amazing. interesting choice with “dilly”. we don’t talk music enough when we’re together.

    cheers bro.

    • Chris

      Definitely – they’re a favorite of mine, too. Actually, I only discovered them as a result of the 127 Hours trailer, but ended up downloading every album soon after. And FYI – it was between “Dilly” and “Detlef Schrempf”, but I thought I’d save the latter for when the inevitable NBA Jam post happens.

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