The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour, and slightly spicy.
It should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of hosting and entertaining. With that comes a love for anything that can be made in batches or ahead of time with ease. I love to serve a variety of drinks at my parties, so when I can whip something up in a pitcher the night before, it’s a winner! 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!
- 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
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 slices of fresh jalapeño pepper. Remove from heat and let it infuse while it cools to room temperature.
Once cooled, strain your simple syrup into a bowl or measuring cup.
While your simple syrup is cooling, juice your orange and add it to a large pitcher.
Next add your freshly squeezed lime juice to the pitcher.
Followed by your favorite tequila.
Then pour in the cooled jalapeño simple syrup.
Give it a good stir (or shake if you’re using a cocktail shaker).
If you want to be a little extra, line your glass rims with lime juice and then gently spin in a plate with sugar and salt.
Add some ice to your glasses and pour the margarita mixture evenly into each glass.
If you like it a little bubbly like I do, top off each marg with some sparkling water. I like to use lime flavored La Croix as it pairs well with the rest of the flavors.
If you’re feeling fancy garnish with a lime or jalapeño slice, and enjoy your Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a spicy margarita made of?
Most spicy margaritas just add jalapeño to mix things up and kick it up a notch! But you could use any hot pepper to create a spicier version of the drink.
What’s the difference between a skinny margarita and a regular?
A skinny margarita has fewer calories and uses less sugar. Typically, it’ll replace the triple sec with a sugar-free alternative and uses fresh lime juice instead of a pre-made mix. Mine is kind of an in-between of a regular and skinny margarita.
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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Ideal for entertaining, make a big batch of these Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas the day before and then relax on the day of your party. Let me know how it goes!
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Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas
- 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 cup lime juice
- 8 ounces tequila
- coarse salt and sugar (optional rim)
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 jalapeño (sliced)
- 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.