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.
Gather the ingredients.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker ice.
Garnish with a jalapeño slice.
Serve and enjoy!
- 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.
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:
- Offset the heat with a tropical fruit and switch to a habanero hot sauce to mix up a very tasty and interesting pineapple chili margarita.
- In the red pepper sangrita margarita, a spicy pepper mix similar to the tomato-based sangrita shot is used to kick up the heat.
- Warm up in the middle of winter with a funky habanero blood orange margarita. This recipe uses a blood orange habanero puree and mole negro to put a very different spin on the margarita.
- The habanero martini is a fun alternative to margaritas. It pairs reposado tequila with dry vermouth, then lets a whole habanero pepper steep its heat into the drink as you sip away.