A Tart & Spicy Sipper for Cinco de Mayo

ik margarita from Nizuc Resort & Spa
Image courtesy of Nizuc Resort & Spa

As I wrote yesterday, while at Nizuc Resort last week I discovered the ik margarita. My life will never be the same. I don’t even like liquor—least of which tequila—yet somehow I couldn’t stop sucking these sour, spicy drinks down. So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, I give you …

The Ik Margarita (yields 1 cocktail)
2 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. honey
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Habañero Chili Syrup
Salt, lime juice, and dried habañero flakes for rim
Habañero halves for garnish

Habañero Chili Syrup
1 c. water
1 c. granulated sugar
3 fresh habañero peppers, halved and with stem ends trimmed off

Directions for Habañero Chili Syrup
Let’s keep this simple: head over to this great post, which lays it all out beautifully.

Directions for Ik Margarita
Rim a margarita glass with lime, salt, and dried habañero flakes. Combine first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and pour, including ice, into margarita glass. Garnish with a halved habañero pepper if pain makes you feel alive.


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