Spicy Margarita (two ways) with Grilled Jalapenos

You know what my problem is? I make absolutely no sense sometimes. Seriously, it’s becoming problematic—or maybe it has been and I’ve been unaware. Just what am I talking about?

Strawberry and Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita from Bakers Royale

Take a look at the pictures. I finally start to become proficient with shooting food and I decide to throw body parts in the mix. Incorporating people into shots isn’t as easy as it seems. Well at least not for me, there are so many things to wrestle with outside of the usual factors like: keeping food the focus, keeping people from looking too posed and/or paused. Then there’s editing—maybe it’s my crappy skills, but getting skin tone right isn’t as easy as it seems.

Strawberry and Grapefruit Jalapeno Magarita via Bakers Royale

But everyone has to start somewhere. Lucky for me, Matt was patient enough to sit for this set. Let’s just ignore that I juiced him with a few of the featured drinks, so he really had no choice but to stay seated for a while. (Note to reader: these can be deceptively stronger than they taste. On that note, don’t skip the grilling the jalapeño–it makes the drinks.)

Grilled Spicy Margarita Ingredients via Bakers Royale

Before we part for the day, and since you aren’t asking (because that’s how I roll), I’ll tell you what I don’t like about the photos with the body parts: they are a little underexposed and the glass is too small for his hands, his skin tone is a bit red. What I do like: the challenge of shooting with people—even it takes me twice as long to shoot and edit. Guess what that means? More practice (heads up, Babe).

Strawberry and Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita from Bakers Royale 210x260

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Spicy Margarita with Grilled Jalapeños

Yield: Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
Grapefruit and Strawberry Margarita
  • 4 oz. limeade
  • 10 oz. grapefruit, juiced
  • 5 oz. strawberries, pureed
  • 4 oz. silver tequila
  • 2 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 4 jalapeño slices, (whole jalapeño grilled first)

Grapefruit and Cantaloupe  Margarita

  • 4 oz. limeade
  • 10 oz. grapefruit, juiced
  • 5 oz. cantaloupe, pureed
  • 4 oz. silver tequila
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 4 jalapeño slices, (whole jalapeño grilled first)

*Optional: Chile powder and salt rimming

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Directions:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix chili powder and coarse salt in a small bowl. Transfer mixture to a small plate. Dip rim of glass in lime juice. Fill glass with ice. Set aside.
  2. Place limeade, grapefruit, strawberries (or cantaloupe) in a cocktail shaker and stir to combine. Mix in tequila, triple sec, lime juice and stir to combine. Add sliced jalapeños and place cocktail shaker lid on top and vigorously shake. Pour over ice and serve.

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Comments

  1. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I think you are being too hard on yourself, and I don’t think they are underexposed. Shooting red and tomatoes is always tricky, then throw skin colour in. I think you did a great job and they make for a new approach in food styling.
    Sam

  2. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    As if a margarita wasn’t tempting enough by itself, seeing it held by a guy with the sexy arm vein thing going on puts it over the edge 😉 (I swear I’m not hitting on your husband in this comment, just sayin’)

  3. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Seriously you have the best photos out there!! We look up to you!! =) They are better than magazine photos!!!

    Love the deep red color of this drink and how cute is that red rim!! Great post!! Looks forward to your next one!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonDavid says

    Spicy Margaritas are the perfect compliment to a warm summer day. I’m going to whip some up and enjoy them right now

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    LOVE this! And those photos are great, seriously. Question: is that 10 oz of grapefruit juice, or a 10 oz grapefruit juiced (which would make less than 10 oz of juice, right?)?

    • Avatar for Naomi Robinson

      Naomi Robinson replied: — July 11th, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

      Andrea- Thank you! To answer your question, that’s a 10oz grapefruit, juiced not 10oz. of grapefruit juice

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Skin tones are the death of me. But look at those arms. I’m all about the male hand model :) gorgeous pics every which way and I will def remember to grill the jalapeno. yum & pinned.

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Isn’t it possible the underlying tone of Matt’s skin is red, which is why you see that in the photo? Mine is green. Ole’s is red. Just a thought.

    Regardless, I want a spicy margarita.

  8. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Nice to find your blog! Found you from the google plus hangout. Thanks for all of the great photography tips! Especially liked that you said to look at different types of photography.

  9. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I loved your comments on G+ today about shooting photos that you like and doing it in .jpg if you’re busy. You shoot real food that real people eat.

    I love these photos and I can’t wait to peruse all your photos now.