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Spicy Jalapeño Margarita

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

    Jalapeño Margarita in a glass

    I haven’t shared a drink recipe in a while, so I figured you could all use a cocktail. Am I right? These Spicy Jalapeño 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!

    Ingredients

    • Orange juice: Freshly squeezed to add a great hit of citric sweetness.
    • Lime juice: A hint of sour that balances out the sweet and spicy.
    • Tequila: Made from the blue agave plant, it’s smooth, fruity, rich, and earthy in taste.
    • Sugar: Melted down with water to make a simple syrup that slightly sweetens and tones down the spice of the margarita.
    • Jalapeño: An easily accessible chili pepper, it’s spicy, but mild enough that most can still handle the heat.

    How to Make Spicy JALAPEÑO Margaritas

    Squeezing Oranges

    Start your Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas by making the jalapeño simple syrup. Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add the jalapeño slices and let it infuse as it cools. While waiting for the simple syrup to infuse, freshly squeeze your orange and lime juice, as well as make your sugar/salt rimmed glasses (if you want to).

    Jalapeño Margarita

    Then you’ll mix the orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and the cooled simple syrup. If you have a cocktail shaker, perfect, otherwise, just stir with a spoon! Add ice cubes to your 4 glasses, with or without the sugar/salt rim, then pour the margarita mixture evenly into each glass. Garnish with a lime and jalapeño slice, and enjoy!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How long can you leave jalapeños in tequila?

    If you want to infuse the actual tequila with jalapeños, you can leave the peppers in the tequila for 2-3 days, or up to a week!

    What if I don’t have fresh orange juice?

    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.

    Can you make jalapeño margaritas in advance?

    Yes, this cocktail mix will be good in the fridge for up to a week!

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    Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

    Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

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    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
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 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)

    Instructions
     

    • To prepare simple syrup, heat water and sugar on the stove, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is at a boil. Remove from heat and add the jalapeño slices; letting it cool with the jalapeño infusing. Strain and discard the jalapeño when cooled and ready to use.
    • 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 and jalapeño slices if desired.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1glassCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 24.5gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 18.8g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    14 Comments

    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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