My all-time favorite margarita is from ABC Kitchen. (Surprising, you'd think ABC Cocina would have the best margaritas!) It's a really flavorful, perfectly sweet ginger margarita. My margarita recipe is a twist on Jean-Georges Vongerichten's refreshing ginger margarita. I added jalapeno to the simple syrup to add in a little heat.
An amazing tip that I learned from my mom is to peel ginger with a spoon. Ginger is usually full of lots of bumpy parts and weird protrusions that a knife or peeler can't get easily. With a spoon, it's so easy to navigate all of the curves of the ginger.
Another pro tip: Although I should, I don’t own a jigger and I couldn’t find any shot glasses. 1 shot is about 29.5 ml and 1 tbs is 15 mL, so I just used my tablespoon to measure the quantities for the drink!
3 oz (6 tbs) tequila
1.5 oz (3 tbs) ginger-jalapeno syrup
1 oz (2 tbs) triple sec
2 tsp lime juice
1½ cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
juice from half of a lime
For ginger syrup: Put the ginger, sugar, lime juice, zest, and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it sit for at least a half hour. Strain through a sieve and reserve liquid for margarita.
In a shaker, combine ginger syrup, lime juice, triple sec and tequila. If desired, top with a little club soda.