Jalapeño Margarita

Spicy Jalapeño Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Courtesy of Shannon Graham

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Spicy and sweet, the jalapeño margarita is for anyone who's up for an adventure! It's a fun take on the original margarita, muddling the hot chile pepper into the famous tequila cocktail.

The spiciness of this drink is actually quite subtle. Much of that is due to the oaky flavor of reposado tequila versus an unaged blanco—since the recipe comes from Tequila Don Julio, their reposado is recommended. The sweetness of the cognac-based Grand Marnier and agave nectar also help to quell the jalapeño's spiciness, making the drink very palatable and pleasing.

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeds removed, sliced)
  • 1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila (Don Julio Reposado)
  • 1 ounce lime juice (fresh)
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
  • Dash orange bitters
  • Splash agave nectar
  • Garnish: jalapeño slice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the sliced jalapeño pepper.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker ice.

  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice or in a cocktail glass with no ice.

  5. Garnish with a jalapeño slice.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • It's best to remove the white membrane and seeds from the pepper beforehand. The white part holds most of the capsaicin, which is responsible for all the spice. The small seeds will make it through your strainer and end up floating in your margarita.
  • If a whole jalapeño is too spicy for your taste, use just a couple slices rather than an entire pepper. Depending on the pepper's size, one can be used to create at least two drinks.
  • When it comes to any drink that uses chile peppers, attempting a "How hot can I make this?" challenge is not advised. Drinking overly spicy things is much different than eating them! Save your taste buds so you can enjoy your cocktails.

How Strong Is a Jalapeño Margarita?

As with most nonblended margaritas, this is going to be a pretty potent drink, which is why it's just over 3 ounces. When made with 80-proof tequila, the alcohol content will end up in the 22 percent ABV (44 proof) range. That means drinking two jalapeño margaritas will be equivalent to a straight shot of tequila.

Recipe Variations

The jalapeño margarita is not your only spicy tequila cocktail option. If you like a little heat in your drinks, give one of these recipes a try as well: