Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas! I make mine by muddling fresh jalapeño and shaking it with tequila, cointreau, lime juice and vanilla syrup! This recipe serves 2 but can easily be doubled.

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Rule number 1 in spicy marg making: make sure your jalapeños are spicy!

Otherwise you end up with a regular margarita. Which really isn’t a total disaster, however, we want it to be spicy. And the combination of sweet, salty and-spicy is absolutely amazing.

I had my first spicy marg down in Austin, Texas back in 2013 when I flew down for a blogging retreat. A group of us stopped at a little cantina type restaurant for cocktails, chips and salsa. It was the perfect mix of warm weather, spicy cocktail and vacation.

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

I dare you to name a better combination.

Ingredients Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

To Make This Spicy Jalapeño Margarita You Will Need:

  • fresh jalapeños
  • lime juice and lime wedges
  • tequila blanco
  • cointreau
  • vanilla simple syrup
  • sugar and salt, for rim

sweet and salty rim

Add margarita salt and coarse sugar to a plate. 

glass in salt sugar plate

Wet the lip of 2 glasses with a wedge of lime and dip into the sugar and salt. Fill each glass to the top with ice and set off to the side.

slices of jalapeno in a shaker

Throw jalapeno slices into a cocktail shaker. The more slices the spicer the marg. I add around 1/2 a medium jalapeño (sliced).

muddle the jalapeno

Get in there and muddle those jalapeños. If you don’t have a muddler, use the blunt end of a wooden spoon.

Next pour in 1/2 cup (or 4 ounces) both fresh squeezed lime juice and tequila blanco. For a 1/2 cup of lime juice, I use about 4 juicy limes.

pouring in cointreau and syrup

Then pour in 2 ounces vanilla syrup and 1 ounce cointreau. In my opinion, I don’t taste vanilla in these as their is so many other competing flavors. I just always have this on hand. Feel free to use agave or make a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water.

ice to the shaker

Add in a few handfuls of ice. Put the strainer with cap onto the shaker.

secure the lid and shake

And shake, shake, shake.

pour margarita into glasses

Remove the small cap to the shaker and strain/pour the margarita among the two glasses.

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeño half or a few slices.

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

I love the salty sweet rim with the back-of-the-throat heat of the spicy jalapeño margaritas! All you need now is a bowl of chips and salsa, maybe a little warm weather (or a vacation?) too.

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Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

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Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas
Yield: 2 servings

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a refreshing Spicy Jalapeño Margarita! I make mine by muddling fresh jalapeño and shaking it with tequila, cointreau, lime juice and vanilla syrup!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeños, plus more for garnish (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) lime juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) tequila blanco
  • 2 ounces vanilla simple syrup (or use agave)
  • 1 ounce cointreau
  • ice
  • lime wedges, for rim and garnish
  • margarita salt, for rim
  • coarse sugar, for rim

Instructions

  1. Place sugar and salt on a small plate. Wet the lip of 2 glasses with a wedge of lime and dip into the sugar and salt. Fill each glass to the top with ice and set off to the side.
  2. Add desired jalapeños into a cocktail shaker and muddle. ( I prefer 1/2 a jalapeno) The more jalapeños the spicier! If you don’t have a muddler, use the blunt end of a wooden spoon.
  3. Next pour in 1/2 cup (or 4 ounces) both fresh squeezed lime juice and tequila blanco.
  4. Then pour in 2 ounces vanilla syrup and 1 ounce cointreau. Add in a few handfuls of ice. Top the shaker with the strainer and cap before shaking well to combine.
  5. Pour/strain the margarita among thetwo glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeño half or slices.
  6. As always, drink responsibly.

Notes

Make sure you use a spicy jalapenos. Sometimes jalapenos have very little to no heat to them.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 543mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 0gSugar: 101gProtein: 0g