A jalapeno margarita recipe made with jalapeno-infused tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar. Tasty, spicy, and refreshing. Very easy to make!
Who's in the mood for a spicy cocktail? I am! We're serving up Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas today, my friends, and they're incredibly delicious. They're also quite refreshing. It's hard to go wrong with a good jalapeño margarita when you're in the mood for spirits.
If you enjoy a good cocktail every now and then, as we surely do, this is likely to become of your favorite go-to recipes. It's super simple to make, incredibly tasty, and always satisfied. It will definitely raise your spirits!
It's perfect for my spicy food loving friends.
Jalapeno Margaritas are the Best
Good ingredients are the key, here. You'll want good quality tequila and orange liquer, sweet agave nectar, and the freshest limes and jalapenos you can find. The flavor of the jalapeno peppers is wonderfully spicy and really stands out against the citrus.
Patty brought along her juicer on a recent vacation and made a delicious blend of citrus fruits we picked up from the local farmers market - lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. Talk about awesome. Patty is a talented mixologist and prepared this particular recipe, which we enjoyed by the water.
We're fortunate to have all this fresh fruit on hand right now. This particular recipe uses only lime juice, but you can definitely mix it up.
Let's talk about how to make a jalapeno margarita, shall we? It's extremely easy. No need to make a simple syrup. It's all mixing, shaking and pouring.
Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients
- Tequila. Use 1.5 ounces silver tequila, or use your favorite brand.
- Orange Liquer. Use 1/2 ounce orange liquer, like triple sec or Grand Marnier.
- Fresh Lime Juice. 4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice - about 2 small limes. Be sure to use fresh lime juice! Not bottled.
- Agave Nectar. Use 1 teaspoon agave nectar, or more to taste. You can also use honey.
- Jalapeno Pepper. I use 1/2 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, though you can use more for a spicier infusion. If you feel it will be too spicy for you, use a single jalapeno pepper slice.
- FOR SERVING
- Extra jalapeno slices
- Lime wedges
- Coarse sea salt and lime wedge to rim the glass + tajin seasoning
How to Make a Jalapeno Margarita - the Recipe Method
First, combine the tequila, lime juice, orange liquer, agave nectar and jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Give it a good 30 seconds of shaking to really infused that tequila. Shake longer if you'd like even more flavor. You can easily let the jalapeno peppers steep in the margarita mixture to allow more spice and flavor infusion.
Fill the margarita glass with ice to chill it.
Rub a lime wedge around the top of your margarita glass. Pour the salt and tajin seasoning onto a small plate, then dip the glass into it to coat the rim. The lime juice will help the salt-tajin mixture stick.
Strain the margarita mixture into the margarita glass. Any glass will do, here.
Garnish with a lime wedge and extra fresh jalapeño slices, if desired.
Boom! Done! Great for Cinco de Mayo! This jalapeño margarita recipe rocks!! Definitely one of my favorite cocktails. What do you think? Do you love it?
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Salt Rim. Try your jalapeno margarita with a salted rim. Just dip the top of the glass into salt after you've rimmed it with lime juice. The lime juice helps it stick!
- Triple Sec. Triple sec is a popular addition to making homemade margaritas. Consider adding in a bit if you love it.
- The Tequila. We love a good silver tequila, but you can use any tequila for this recipe. Use your favorite. Consider a good jalapeno-infused tequila, like Tanteo.
- More Citrus. This recipe is outstanding with freshly squeezed lime juice. However, you can enjoy it with other citrus as well. Try it with lemon juice, orange juice, pomelo and others, or try it with a combination of citrus. Hard to go wrong!
The Ultimate Jalapeno Margarita - Truly
Let us know what you think of the recipe! Hopefully you can enjoy it outside by the pool or along the ocean, but hey, anywhere is good for a jalapeno margarita.
We've enjoying this very simple yet tasty recipe for years. It is always a hit at every single party. They don't last very long.
If you like this recipe, you might also like my Spicy Margarita Recipe made with blackberry and habanero peppers.
Use this as a base recipe to try other margarita cocktails! Mix in other ingredients! I hope you like your spicy jalapeno margarita!
That's it, my friends! I do hope you enjoy your jalapeno margarita. Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear it. How spicy do YOU prefer? Just a touch? Extra spicy? See you next time!
Check Out Some of My Other Popular Recipes
- Spicy Blackberry-Habanero Margarita
- Mango Habanero Margarita
- Traditional Michelada
- See all of our Spicy Cocktail Recipes
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Jalapeno Margarita Recipe
- 1.5 oz. silver tequila (or use Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila for more pronounced jalapeno flavor)
- .5 ounce orange liquer
- 4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice - about 2 small limes
- 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar (or more to taste)
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper thinly sliced
- FOR SERVING: Extra jalapeno slices, Lime wedges, Tajin seasoning + Salt and lime wedge to rim the glass
- First, combine the tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Give it a good 30 seconds of shaking to really infused that tequila. Shake longer if you'd like even more flavor.
- Rub a lime wedge around the top of your margarita glass. Pour the salt and tajin seasoning onto a small plate, then dip the glass into it to coat the rim. The lime juice will help the salt-tajin mixture stick.
- Strain the liquid into the margarita glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and extra jalapeno slices, if desired.
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 9/2/20 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 1/14/15.