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Fizzy Jalapeño Peach Margaritas are my way of holding onto summer – kicking and screaming. June and July are past, I can hear the faint sound of a football buzzer ringing in the future, and pumpkin is making its first appearance on Pinterest. HOLD IT—we still have lazy summer days to live and Fizzy Jalapeño Peach Margaritas to sip.
Margaritas are my favorite cocktail. Every summer I create new twists on the classic version to share with friends, which, I assume, is why I continue to be invited to dinner parties. Of all the recipes I tested this year, Fizzy Jalapeño Peach Margaritas were the clear winner. I plan to spend the rest of my summer enjoying them as often as socially acceptable.
If you’ve never tried a spicy margarita, you are in for a treat. The jalapeño adds a kick at the end that blends beautifully with the juicy peach sweetness. It also gives the margaritas a rather addictive quality that my friends and I struggled to explain, despite pouring extra rounds to conduct further “research.”
The margaritas are flavored with jalapeño peach simple syrup. Simple syrup earned its name because it couldn’t be simpler—place the jalapeños, sugar and water in a saucepan, let cook until the sugar dissolves, then pour the hot spicy liquid over the sliced peaches.
Let the syrup cool, strain, and you are ready to mix. Look at you, bartender! Well done. Now we assemble. To mimic the spicy sweetness of the margarita, line the rims of the glasses with a mix of sugar and salt. From there, add the ice, jalapeño peach syrup, booze, and one final flair: bubbles!
Ever since I tried the Hamilton Beach SodaStation Hand-Held Soda Maker, I’ve become hooked on the bubbly. It carbonates water in about 15 seconds, doesn’t need to be plugged in and is incredibly easy to operate. I love the fact that I don’t need to keep club soda on hand for making cocktails, especially since I never seem to remember to buy it. Plus, I feel fancy. A pour of SodaStation carbonated water over the top of our jalapeño peach margaritas adds fizz, fun and balance to the drink.
Whether you make Fizzy Jalapeño Peach Margaritas for a quiet evening on your porch or bring a big pitcher to a backyard barbeque, don’t let summer slip away without trying this fresh, fizzy take on a classic cocktail. And if you are able to discern what makes Fizzy Jalapeño Peach Margaritas so addictive, please let me know—though I recommend you test your theory on a second batch, just to be safe.