April 23, 2024


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Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas – The Lemon Bowl®

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The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour, and slightly spicy.

Jalapeño Margarita in a glass

I haven’t shared a drink recipe in a while, so I figured you could all use a cocktail. Am I right? These Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas are made with fresh-squeezed orange juice, tangy lime juice, and jalapeño infused simple syrup. We served them over the rocks, but they would be just as delicious blended!


  • Orange juice: Freshly squeezed to add a great hit of citric sweetness.
  • Lime juice: A hint of sour that balances out the sweet and spicy.
  • Tequila: Made from the blue agave plant, it’s smooth, fruity, rich, and earthy in taste.
  • Sugar: Melted down with water to make a simple syrup that slightly sweetens and tones down the spice of the margarita.
  • Jalapeño: An easily accessible chili pepper, it’s spicy, but mild enough that most can still handle the heat.

How to Make Spicy JALAPEÑO Margaritas

Squeezing Oranges

Start your Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas by making the jalapeño simple syrup. Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then add the jalapeño slices and let it infuse as it cools. While waiting for the simple syrup to infuse, freshly squeeze your orange and lime juice, as well as make your sugar/salt rimmed glasses (if you want to).

Jalapeño Margarita

Then you’ll mix the orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and the cooled simple syrup. If you have a cocktail shaker, perfect, otherwise, just stir with a spoon! Add ice cubes to your 4 glasses, with or without the sugar/salt rim, then pour the margarita mixture evenly into each glass. Garnish with a lime and jalapeño slice, and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long can you leave jalapeños in tequila?

If you want to infuse the actual tequila with jalapeños, you can leave the peppers in the tequila for 2-3 days, or up to a week!

What if I don’t have fresh orange juice?

Triple sec is a great alternative, but if you do decide to swap it out, be sure to reduce the amount of tequila. Or not. Your choice.

Can you make jalapeño margaritas in advance?

Yes, this cocktail mix will be good in the fridge for up to a week!

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Jalapeno Margarita in a glass

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

The perfect cocktail recipe for entertaining or date night-in, these spicy jalapeño margaritas are sweet, sour, and slightly spicy.

PREP: 5 mins

COOK: 5 mins

TOTAL: 5 mins

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Servings: 4

  • 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • coarse salt and sugar (optional rim)

Simple Syrup

  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeño (sliced)
  • To prepare simple syrup, heat water and sugar on the stove, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is at a boil. Remove from heat and add the jalapeño slices; letting it cool with the jalapeño infusing. Strain and discard the jalapeño when cooled and ready to use.

  • In a large pitcher, stir together orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and cooled simple syrup. 

  • To create a sugar/salt rim, place 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup kosher salt on a plate. Moisten the rim of four glasses with lime juice and carefully run the rim in the sugar/salt mixture. 

  • Fill each glass with ice and pour margarita mixture evenly into each one. Serve with additional lime wedges and jalapeño slices if desired.

Serving: 1glassCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 24.5gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 18.8g


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