Back in March, I took a trip to Avery Island, Louisiana to learn about the history and production of Tabasco. During this trip, we had a four course meal prepared by Chef Aaron Sanchez that was both amazingly delicious and very inspiring. Each course gave me a different cocktail idea, based on the flavors of the dish and the Tabasco product used. For the first course, he served a gulf snapper ceviche with Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce. This dish, with its fresh flavors and subtle spice, was the inspiration for this Tabasco green pepper cocktail.
For those of you that haven’t tried Tabasco Green Jalapeno Pepper Sauce, is milder than the original red. I like to use it when eating Mexican food as well as breakfast foods. In cocktails, I think it’s a natural partner for agave spirits which is what I used in this Tabasco green pepper cocktail.
As I mentioned before, the idea for this mildly spicy margarita variation came from a ceviche dish. The dish had fresh red snapper, a variety of fruits, Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce, cilantro and some other ingredients. It was nice and light with so much flavor. Playing off this dish, I used watermelon for my fruit, blanco tequila for my base spirit, fresh lime juice for acidity and agave nectar for sweetening. Tabasco Green Jalapeno Sauce brought in some spice along with a touch of saltiness. A lime wheel garnish adds some color and you’re ready to start sipping.
I’m thinking this is my new drink for Taco Tuesday. Care to join me?
- ¼ cup watermelon chunks
- 1-1/2 ounces tequila blanco (I used Partida blanco)
- ¾ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
- Lime wheel for garnish
- Place watermelon chunks in a cocktail strainer and muddle.
- Add remaining ingredients except for garnish and fill shaker with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!
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