Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita

Frozen Cucumber Mint Margarita with Tabasco Sauce

Tabasco

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 2 cocktails
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
171 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 160mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you really can't decide what flavor of margarita you're in the mood for, this recipe has a little of everything. This frozen margarita begins as a cool, crisp cocktail featuring key lime juice, cucumber, and mint. But, it holds a dirty little secret, and it comes from the brand that shared it.

The recipe is from Tabasco, that essential hot sauce that no bar (or kitchen) should be without. It's vinegar base and spicy pepper taste is unmistakable, and it adds a fantastic contrast to the cool taste of fresh mint and cucumber.

The cucumber mint margarita is very easy to make. Simply gather all of your ingredients, toss them in the blender, and start it up. Within a minute, you'll have a margarita filled with a flavor combination unlike any other, which makes drinking it a ton of fun.

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt, for optional rim

  • 2 1/2 ounces reposado tequila

  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur

  • 2 ounces key lime juice

  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and seeded

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 6 mint leaves, chopped

  • 2 dashes Tabasco hot sauce

  • 6 ice cubes

  • 2 cucumber slices, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim 2 old-fashioned or margarita glasses with salt: Use a cucumber slice or piece of key lime to wet the rims, then dip or roll the rims in a shallow dish of coarse salt.

  3. In a blender, combine the tequila, orange liqueur, key lime juice, chopped cucumber, sugar, mint, Tabasco, and ice.

  4. Blend for 1 minute, then pour equally into the prepared glasses.

  5. Garnish with a cucumber slice. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • The suggestion of a reposado tequila is really nice here because that bit of barrel flavor from the aging adds a nice dimension that a blanco tequila cannot. However, that does not rule out a quality blanco; the reposado simply adds a bit of depth.
  • As with any spicy cocktail, start slow on the hot sauce and add more to suit your taste. This is really easy with blended cocktails because you can use a spoon to taste test it before pouring and any adjustment will just require another whirl of the blender. You can always add heat, but you cannot take it away.
  • If you prefer, skip the salt rim or rim only half of each glass so you can switch back and forth.
  • If you find that the six recommended ice cubes (about 1 cup) leave the mix too thin, add a couple of more cubes and blend again until you have your ideal consistency.

How Strong Is a Cucumber Mint Margarita?

Whenever a cocktail goes through the blender, all that ice reduces the alcohol content significantly. It usually results in a very relaxed drink and this margarita is no exception. You can expect it to mix up to around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). That's the same as wine, only this drink promises to have a lot more flavor.