Strawberry Jalapeno Mint Julep

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If you like spicy margaritas, then you’ll love this recipe. The jalapeño-infused simple syrup mellows out nicely once it hits the cool mint and sweet berries, and there will be enough left over that you can save it in the fridge for your next cocktail!


  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 jalapeños, halved
  • 1/4 c. chopped strawberries
  • 8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 oz. bourbon (or tequila if you prefer)
  • Ice
  • 1 (12-oz.) can seltzer
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Strawberry, for garnish
  • Red jalapeño, sliced, for garnish
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  • Combine water, sugar, and jalapeños in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes
  • Discard jalapenos and let mixture cool to room temperature
  • Muddle strawberries and mint in a cocktail glass
  • Add bourbon plus 1 tablespoon simple syrup mixture
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Top off with seltzer and a splash of lime juice
  • Garnish with mint, sliced strawberry, and red jalapeño slices
  • Enjoy!

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