Spicy Jalapeno-Infused Margarita
I have been infusing tequila for years with anything from jalapenos to blueberries. I like to use a good brand of tequila but it is not necessary since this tequila is not meant to be served in shots but in drinks, such as margaritas.
To make jalapeno-infused tequila, cut 3 jalapenos into strips, keeping the seeds. Add jalapenos and seeds to a 750 ml bottle of white tequila (such as Patron(R)). Allow jalapenos to infuse tequila at room temperature for a minimum of 16 hours. Strain tequila with a fine mesh strainer into another container. You can pour the infused tequila back into the bottle afterwards. If you deseed the jalapenos it will produce a less spicy tequila but it will still be flavored by the jalapenos.
To make your own simple syrup, heat equal amounts of sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator.