This Saturday, we participated for the first time in the Margarita Taste-Off at Hughes Hanger in Houston. The event, in it’s 4th year, was sponsored by Don Julio tequila and supports Candlelighter’s efforts to help children with cancer.
If you have read any of our recent margarita reviews, you know we enjoy spicy margaritas. A lot of restaurants are adding jalapenos, habaneros and whatever else they can throw in a cocktail to add some heat. We had a lot of success in the San Antonio Margarita Meltdown with our mango habanero margarita but we substituted pineapple juice for mango puree. It was a refreshing drink for a sunny upper 70’s day in Houston, Texas. Even though the drink contains habanero peppers, the heat is not overwhelming and compliments the pineapple juice.
All of the participants were restaurants, bars and hotels with Margarita Texas standing as the lone cocktail mix. We received a ton of votes by visitors at the event but now 3 time winner Emma’s Mex Grill from Pearland won again. We ended up meeting a lot of great people and the hosts were great. Hopefully they raised a lot of money for their cause.
We were asked many times if we would share the recipe and we provide it below. If you try it yourself, let us know what you think.
Pineapple Habanero Margarita
- 2 oz Margarita Texas Mix (Infused With Habaneros – How To:)
- 2 oz 100% Pineapple Juice (not from concentrate)
- 1 oz blanco tequila (we used Don Julio blanco)
- 1 oz orange liqueur (we used DeKuyper Triple Sec)
- 2 habanero peppers for infusion
Combine all ingredients into strainer, shake and serve on the rocks.
Candlelighters Young Professionals Group was created to support the Candlelighters mission to provide emotional, educational and practical assistance to children with cancer and their families treated at the Texas Medical Center and/or who reside in the 13 counties of the greater Houston area. The YP group demonstrates their commitment through fundraising and volunteer activities while offering members social and professional networking opportunities. Members of the Young Professionals Committee are asked to attend meetings where they are given the opportunity to take part in the inception, planning and ultimately the success of several social functions throughout the year aimed at raising both funds and awareness for Candlelighters. Additionally, the committee hosts occasional networking and social gatherings at area restaurants or bars to foster an environment of year-round involvement.” – https://www.candle.org/events/margarita-taste-off