Jalapeño Margarita featuring Tanteo Tequila
I decided to try out a Jalapeño Margarita at the The Heights Bar and Grill on the Upper West Side. I asked for mine's on the rocks, no salt (sacrilege, I know). It was made using Tanteo Tequila, which is a premium silver tequila. It's 100% agave, and is macerated in fresh jalapeños. The margarita had a really nice balance between spicy and citrus. It wasn't overtly spicy nor super sweet. I like the kick Tanteo gave the cocktail. Normally I'm a big fan of muddled drinks (caipirinha, I'm looking at you!), however I think if fresh jalapeños had been incorporated, it may have been too spicy*. The flavored tequila provided heat without tasting
artificial, the way some flavored spirits can. By the way, this drink was served in a pint glass, so you definitely get your money's worth! Hence, I did not need any type of fancy presentation, haha. Sorry for the cellphone pic, I didn't want to bust out the camera and have a photo shoot at the bar.
All in all, I'm a big fan of Tanteo. It goes down extremely smooth, doesn't taste harsh or fake. It's also available in 3 flavors : Jalapeño, Cocoa, and Tropical. I highly recommend trying all of their flavors.
*But it may be a great riff on the traditional Bloody Mary (Bloody Maria?) to use this spirit and fresh jalapeños.