Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita

Frozen Cucumber Mint Margarita with Tabasco Sauce
Photo Courtesy: © Tabasco
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cocktails (2 servings)

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. 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

  • 1/2 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded, and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 ounces key lime juice
  • mint leaves (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Optional: salt (for rim)
  • Garnish: 2 cucumber slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim two old-fashioned or margarita glasses with salt, using a lime wedge or cucumber slice to wet the rims.

  3. In a blender, combine the cucumber, sugar, key lime juice, mint, tequila, orange liqueur, and Tabasco. Blend for one minute.

  4. Pour equally into the prepared glasses and garnish with a cucumber slice.

  5. 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 6 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!