The Selma Hayek
(yield: 1 margarita on the rocks)
(published in Heat Magazine)
Bright vivid colors accent this margarita from the fresh cranberries to the sinister blood orange puree. Its time for a walk on the wild side. Release your inhibitions.
¼ cup fresh whole cranberries
2 tablespoons blood orange puree (or 1 squeezed blood orange)
2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 for garnish
2 ounces silver tequila
4 ounces cranberry juice
2 ounces triple sec
jalapeno salt for dusting (or use the juice of a fresh jalapeno around the glass rim and then mix on sea salt)
In a small Cuisinart, puree cranberries until finely minced. Add in blood orange puree and juiced lime and pulse further. In a cocktail shaker filled with rocks, mix in tequila, cranberry juice, triple sec, and cranberry and blood orange puree. Shake well. Rim your rocks glass with salt either by using a lime slice squeezed around the rim and dipping into sea salt cracked onto a plate or by going bold and using the juice of a jalapeno. Strain your margarita into your rocks glass and serve with a garnish of lime.