Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

21 reader reviews / 4.39 stars average

The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour and slightly spicy.

Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

After sharing my go-to guacamole recipe and favorite baked shrimp tostadas, I figured you could all use a cocktail. Am I right? 

Jalapeño Margaritas glass

These spicy margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed orange juice, tangy lime juice and jalapeño infused simple syrup. We served them over the rocks but they would be just as delicious blended.

Jalapeño Margaritas

No fresh oranges on hand? Triple sec is a great alternative but if you do decide to swap it out, be sure to reduce the amount of tequila. Or not. Your choice.

Jalapeno Margarita

Ideal for entertaining, make a big batch of these margaritas the day before and relax on the day of your party. The mixture will keep in your refrigerator up to three days.

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Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

21 reader reviews / 4.39 stars average
The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour and slightly spicy.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • coarse salt and sugar (optional rim)

Simple Syrup

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeño (sliced)


  • To prepare simple syrup, microwave water, sugar and jalapeño slice in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes; strain and discard the jalapeño and set syrup aside to let cool to room temperature.
  • In a large pitcher, stir together orange juice, lime juice, tequila and cooled simple syrup. 
  • To create a sugar/salt rim, place 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup kosher salt on a plate. Moisten the rim of four glasses with lime juice and carefully run the rim in the sugar/salt mixture. 
  • Fill each glass with ice and pour margarita mixture evenly into each one. Serve with additional lime wedges if you wish.a


Serving: 1glassCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 24.5gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 18.8g
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14 thoughts on “Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas”

  1. I make this all the time & keep it in the fridge
    some tweaks to this recipe:
    Simmering the pepper in a 1:1 syrup on low and then chilling in the fridge gives it a deeper pepper flavor before straining….try checking the heat and take out or infuse more.
    Perfect Margarita Syrup: Lime and orange juice some peel no white ,1:1 sugar water ratio simmer with pepper on low. room temp before fridge. then strain & keep the peppers to chop in potatoes salad or tuna chicken devil eggs etc…
    switch out sugar with brown sugar, pineapple, honey etc. Add frozen fruits for other flavors but don’t simmer just defrost puree and infuse then strain

  2. Slightly disappointed. The jalapeno syrup when made as written has almost no jalapeno flavor (and the jalapenos I had are definitely flavorful). Instead of straining and then cooling it really should steep the jalapeno for better flavor. Also, this makes 4 very small margaritas (4 ounces each). Not bad overall but definitely had to make some modifications.

  3. I made these to pair with chorizo tacos last night and it was a match made in heaven! I had never made margaritas before and these were easy peasy. We didn’t think they were all that spicy but we have a high tolerance for heat in my house & we were eating spicy food anyway. Pro tip: keep those candied jalapenos you strain from the simple syrup–they are delish! Thanks for the recipe, Liz. :)

  4. Liz these were so good! I made them for friends for brunch last week and currently have another batch of jalapeno simple syrup chilling for tonight ????. I love the sweet and spicy combo in cocktails.

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