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  • Food: Jalapeno Margarita
  • Writer: Lizzie Green
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For happy hour, Cinco de Mayo, or summer entertaining, try this fiery jalapeno margarita recipe. Pass the tortilla chips and have a good time!

With my favorite happy hour drink…the jalapeno margarita…we’re getting the weekend started a bit early today! It’s spicy, tangy, and slightly sweet, and it’s incredibly refreshing when served over ice.

It’s made with only six simple ingredients and is simple to toss together (no cocktail shaker required!). So, what do you have to lose? Pass the tortilla chips and have a good time!

Ingredients for a Jalapeno Margarita

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Food: Jalapeno Margarita (Source: The Fit Peach)

You’ll need six basic items to make this spicy margarita:

  • In this recipe, any good-quality Blanco tequila will suffice. This is our preferred brand, but feel free to use your own!
  • A jalapeno pepper — Use 1/4 to 1/2 of jalapeno pepper. It will become spicier as you use it more.
  • Orange liqueur — While some recipes call for Cointreau or triple sec, I prefer Grand Marnier.
  • Lime juice squeezed just before serving — For the greatest results, squeeze your limes shortly before serving.
  • Something sweet – I use homemade simple syrup or freshly squeezed orange juice to sweeten mine. Both are delectable.
  • And there’s ice! Because a good margarita should always be served on the rocks.

Fill your glass halfway with the jalapeno margarita mixture for a lighter drink. Then finish it off with a splash of sparkling water.

Recipe Suggestions for Spicy Margaritas

  • Taste and adjust as needed. Taste and tweak whenever you create a cocktail at home to discover a flavor balance you enjoy. Add one extra splash of simple syrup or orange juice if you prefer a sweeter drink. Squeeze in additional lime for a tangier flavor. If you want it to be hotter, add more jalapeno slices and cook for a few minutes longer. Make your own version of this recipe by modifying it.
  • Allow the ice to melt if it’s too strong. Allow your jalapeno margarita to sit at room temperature for a few minutes if it tastes too intense when you first sample it. As the ice melts, the drink will become more diluted. If it’s still too stiff, top it down with sparkling water or squeeze in some more orange juice.
  • The rim should be salted. To be honest, this drink is delicious on its own, but if you want to up the ante, salt the rim of your glass. To do so, brush a lime wedge around the rim of an empty margarita glass and dip it in a small plate of coarse sea salt or kosher salt. In a pitcher, mix the cocktails, then fill your glass with ice and pour the drink into it. That concludes our discussion.
  • Don’t forget about the potato chips! Tortilla chips and dip are a must-have for any jalapeno margarita night! My favorites include tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, and basic guacamole. I’ll also prepare mango or pineapple salsa if I’m in the mood for something sweet. This fiery margarita pairs well with nachos, taquitos, and vegetable tacos.

Jalapeno Margarita

Preparation time: 15 minutes
15 minutes total

My favorite summer cocktail is a jalapeno margarita. It’s quite easy to create; just be sure to tweak your cocktail to your preferences, and have fun!


  • ¾ cup of good tequila
  • ¼ to ½ jalapeño pepper, plus extra slices for garnish
  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
  • ¼ cup simple syrup or fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • a few splashes of sparkling water
  • handful of ice


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Food: Jalapeno Margarita (Source: The Fit Peach)
  1. Fill a mixing glass or a small pitcher halfway with tequila. Add 1/4 to 1/2 slices of jalapeno, depending on how fiery you want your margaritas to be. Allow to sit for 15 minutes at room temperature (the longer you allow the jalapeos to infuse, the spicier it will be).
  2. Mix the jalapeno-infused tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and 1/4 cup simple syrup or orange juice together to make the margaritas. Taste. If you want a hotter margarita, add additional jalapeno and let it sit for a few minutes longer. Pour into glasses and decorate with lime slices and jalapeos. Fill the glasses halfway with sparkling water for a lighter margarita.