If I had my wish, I would run away to someplace warm & mild every winter. The cold weather has firmly settled in this part of the country, and although I can usually make it until the first thaw, this year feels different... It's bone achingly cold, and as the sparkling beauty of the latest snowstorm fades, I can't help but daydream about sunny days, sandals... and maybe a few margaritas.
Since starting to expand our cocktail repertoire beyond my perennial favorite, the gin & tonic, my husband & I have been experimenting with different types of tequila. Much like the rebirth of gin, tequila has so much more to offer than the typical college flashbacks of two dollar shots at a dive bar. There are many tastes & nuances, each with very different qualities.
I have particularly fallen in love with Anejo, or 'extra aged', tequilas. Much milder than the Blanco (or white) tequilas, this category of tequila is smoother, golden in color, and with distinct vanilla notes. Perfect for sipping, but even better as a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita! I can honestly say this is one of the best cocktails I've ever stirred up. Smooth & cool from the cucumber, with tart lime and a spicy jalapeño kick, this drink is finished with a mild exotic vanilla flavor from the tequila. Complex in taste, but very easy to make!