I find that when it's cold and wet out, for some reason, my cravings turn hot.
I long for spice, tangy juices and for something that makes me think "am I on tropical getaway in the middle of February?" But since we're not jetting off to a warm locale until later this month, I like to chase this vibe with food.
In our house, a house-special meal comes with a house-special cocktail. My go-to spirit these days is tequila, and when combined with passionfruit and a little jalapeño heat, well, this drink is definitely warming.
My suggestion? Kick off your shoes, whip up the below recipe, combine with a meal that evokes south-of-the-border sensations and turn on some easy tunes (this or this will do). One sip, and you'll be feeling that dreamy summer breeze in no time.
Passionfruit Jalapeño Margarita
1.5 ounces Reposado tequila
1 passionfruit, pulp scooped out
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup lime juice
1/2 jalapeño, seeds in or scraped (depending on your preference for heat)
Combine passionfruit pulp, lemon juice and lime juice in blender, and mix until combined. Pour through a strainer to catch any seeds. Pour back into blender and add in jalapeño and pulse several times. Fill a glass with ice, pour in passionfruit jalapeño mixture, pour over a shot of tequila, stir and top with a wedge of lime.