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Friday 2 March 2012

The boy and his poison: The Lemongrass and Chilli Margarita

This site is a dangerous place. I was triple checking a recipe last week when I stumbled on Sian's review of the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town. By paragraph two I was instantly transported back to my virgin experience of the chilli and lemongrass margarita and a couple of hours later I set out like a booze fuelled 'hunter-gatherer' to fetch a bottle of tequila to try and recreate this amazing cocktail.

There's something about the savoury balance of the lemongrass and the chilli that makes this a really special drink. I opted for reposado tequila to make it even smoother but it would work equally well with silver or golden tequila.

You'll need:
  • 50ml Tequila, either silver or preferably reposado
  • 50ml Lime juice
  • 25ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass
  • 1/2 a red chilli
Make it
  • Slice the lemon grass in half lengthways
  • Dice one half of the lemongrass
  • Finely slice the chilli
  • Add 5 slices of the chilli and your diced lemongrass to a cocktail shaker with the tequila, cointreau and lime juice.
  • Muddle the three ingredients with a rolling pin
  • Add ice and shake for 10 seconds
  • Strain into a martini glass or small tumbler and garnish with the other half of the lemongrass stalk and a few more slices of chilli.


  1. I love the fact that you can adjust the heat so easily. Its all about muddling your chillies


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