Frank Bruni, a former restaurant critic for The Times, came up with this drink at Ward III, a lounge in Tribeca that lets you choose the ingredients and qualities you want in a drink that’s then custom-made for you. It’s a lightly-sweet strawberry-tequila cocktail that gets a flicker of heat from the addition of jalapeño. It’s got summer written all over it.
Keep in mind that some jalapeño is hotter than others: it’s impossible to give a measure that will assure a specific degree of heat. So if you make the following recipe, go especially light on the jalapeño the first time around, and don’t overdo the ice in the shaker.
- 2 strawberries
- 1 small piece jalapeño (smaller than a grape)
- ¼ ounce honey water (half-honey, half-water)
- 1½ ounce tequila of choice
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 sprig cilantro
- Nutritional Information
Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.
Nutritional analysis per serving (1 serving)
112 calories; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 1 gram sugars; 0 grams protein; 2 milligrams sodium
- Muddle strawberries. Transfer to cocktail shaker, combine with other ingredients and a few ice cubes, and shake. Strain into short tumbler with fresh ice.