Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY: Strawberry & Black Pepper Margaritas

Doug and I drank a lot of good beer during our recent visit to the Bay Area, but one of my favorite drinks from our trip was the Strawberry and Black Pepper Margarita Lauren ordered at Tacolicious in Palo Alto.

Doug and I have been having weekly Taco Tuesday nights, so that seemed like the perfect opportunity to recreate Lauren's drink for myself.

  • Strawberries
  • Tequila
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Black pepper simple syrup (recipe below)

To make black pepper simple syrup: 
Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Add 1/2 cup coarsely ground black pepper. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Strain.

To make 1 margarita: 
Muddle 3 halved strawberries in a shaker. Add 1.5 oz tequila, 1 oz lime juice, and .5 oz black pepper syrup. Shake. Strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

P.S. Limes are real expensive these days (find out why here). Feel free to use lemons instead.