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Hatch Chile Margarita

By Cheryl Forberg
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If you like chiles, you will love this margarita! The recipe is very flexible. If you prefer lemon juice, use that instead of lime juice. If you’re not sure how much you like chiles in your margarita, try the recipe with 1 tablespoon instead of 2 tablespoons of chiles and adapt to your liking. If you like a sweeter margarita, use more agave nectar. If you don’t like a thick and frosty blended margarita, blend the ingredients without the ice and pour the margarita over ice in a glass. If you don’t like a salt-rimmed glass, skip it! If you’re not sure of how much tequila to use, skip the Mezcal floater (but I think that’s the best part!).

Makes 1 margarita
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Ingredients:
1 ounce tequila (2 tablespoons)
0.75 ounce (1 tablespoon) plus 1 ½ teaspoons Grand Marnier orange liqueur (please see note below)
1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh lime juice (I used Melissa’s Key limes)
1 tablespoon Melissa’s agave nectar
2 tablespoons chopped roasted Melissa’s Hatch Chiles (mild or hot; your choice)
½ cup ice cubes
½ ounce Mezcal for floater (optional)

Lime wedge
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon Melissa’s Hatch Chile Powder (red or green or half red and half green; mild or hot; your preference)

Directions:
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Combine salt and chili powder in small bowl or plate that’s wide enough to accommodate rim of margarita glass. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge. Dip rim in salt/chili powder blend. Set glass aside. Combine all ingredients in jar or blender and pour into glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Note: I used an Italian orange liqueur Gran Gala (which was half the price of French Grand Marnier). It is available at BevMo.
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