Oh how I LOVE strawberry cocktail season!
Like the true millennial that I am, the first thing that I did when I got home from the start of my book tour was NOT my laundry. Or my kids’ laundry. Or grocery shopping. Or any residual cleaning. Or unpacking.
Instead, the first thing I did was recreate this drink that I had at The Plaza Champagne Bar last weekend so I could share it with you.
YES. I think that’s a normal thing to do in 2018. Forgo all adult responsibilities to share a recipe with your invisible internet friends. Sounds about right.
See also: I can’t stand myself.
This cocktail is SO fantastic. And good news! It’s made with tequila, so that makes it perfectly appropriate to serve around Cinco de Mayo in a few weeks.
I shared the pics on Instagram stories last week and sooo many of you responded with requests of recreating it. So here I am!
First, you muddle strawberries with a pinch of sugar and tequila. Basically, make some sweet strawberry tequila. I’m very much loving the sound of that, since tequila is one of my faves. I tasted it with a spoon and let’s just say… I could have consumed it like that.
Once that goes into the bottom of your glass, you top it off with some champagne. I like a dry or semi-dry one since the strawberry tequila is sweet.
And finally! I mean, this is so simple. You just drop a slice of jalapeno right into the drink. That’s it!
Now I’m really not one to love heat and I certainly don’t love it in my cocktails all the time. But I suggest leaving the seeds in the pepper because they scatter throughout the drink (and yes you might sip one up!) and add the perfect amount of heat. A kick, if you will.
The only thing I changed in this cocktail? The portion size. I didn’t have the adorable little glasses we drank from at The Plaza, so I used a slightly larger one.
Not a problem. Right?
Strawberry Champagne Tequila Fizz
- 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ounces tequila
- 4 ounces chilled (dry or semi-dry) champagne
- thinly sliced jalapeño, for garnish
Place the chopped strawberries in the bottom of a cocktail shake and add the sugar. Let them sit for 5 minutes. Add the tequila and muddle the heck out of the strawberries until they break down. Add an ice cube and shake the mixture well, then pour it evenly into 2 glasses.
Top each glass off with the champagne. Drop in a jalapeño slice and serve!
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This is for sure our spring drink!