Cucumber Habanero Margaritas
In a glass measuring cup, muddle half the cucumber, the habañero and 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. Let stand, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a medium pitcher; discard solids.Advertisement
Add the remaining lime juice, tequila, orange juice, triple sec, lemon-lime sparkling water and simple syrup; stir to combine.
Pour over ice in tall glasses (rimmed with coarse salt, if desired).
Garnish with remaining cucumber slices and lime slices.
*Handling Hot Peppers
Because hot chile peppers, such as habañeros, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.
To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool.