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Take a sip of the Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita at La Vida Cantina

Sweet Hots

What could make lounging beside an outdoor fire pit, shielded beneath a shady palapa, more perfect than a sweet margarita that tingles the tongue with a touch of heat? That was exactly Dave Griffith’s thinking one day at the Costa Mesa water hole La Vida Cantina, where he is a partner. “The day was hot and we wanted a margarita that was naturally sweet with a little spice, so it’s refreshing and has the attitude to kick off a fun time,” he says. The result? A blackberry jalapeño margarita. Organic sweet blackberries and jalapeños dance on the taste buds as bursts of fresh lime juice refresh your palate.   It’s a crowd pleaser, too. According to Griffith, “When one person orders it … other guests see and want to try it.” If you’re mixing the cocktail at home, it’s best to make a large batch. On a breezy summer’s afternoon, we admit it’s hard to drink just one.

Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita

1 1/2 ounce Tequila Don Julio Blanco
4 fresh organic blackberries
    (Reserve one berry per drink for garnish.)
1 jalapeño, roughly chopped with a spoon
2 splashes of agave nectar (approximately 3/4 ounce)
1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 splash of sweet and sour mix
(approximately 1/2 ounce)

•    Handshake all ingredients and
pour into a chilled glass.
•    Garnish with one blackberry.

:: lavidacantina.com

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