Jane Coxwell’s cookbook, Fresh Happy Tasty, was aptly named; her recipes (Diane’s favorites!) are always bursting with fresh, green herbs. So when we turned to her for a last-minute Cinco de Mayo (or Derby weekend) cocktail, it’s no surprise she mixed beautiful greenery with champagne to make one very potent punch!
Tequila, Lime and Jalapeño Cocktail
This is one festive drink. These measurements are for one serving but this is cocktail is definitely for sharing so just multiply according to your guests.
1 shot of ice cold tequila (I used Patron)
1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon of agave nectar
1 tablespoon of roughly chopped cilantro
A couple of slices of jalapeño chili
1 cup of good quality sparkling wine
Mix the tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, chili, and cilantro in a glass and stir vigorously. If you have a cocktail shaker, shake with some ice and pour into a glass. Then add the sparkling wine.
Put your glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before using to keep the drink really cold and fresh.