Spicy Margarita Recipe

Bring the sunshine with this Jalapeño Spicy Margarita. Featuring a feisty jolt of heat from a single jalapeño slice, this kicked-up take on a classic margarita effortlessly transports the taste buds. Bright lime and orange juices mingle with tequila for a lively tropical flavor profile. Beneath the refreshing citrus, a subtle yet enticing layer of pepper heat elevates every sip.

Just one taste of this tantalizingly spiced libation and its vibrant interplay of flavors will instantly whisk imbibers away to sunnier climes. Perfect for those craving a little feistiness, this spiked version infuses a sunny beach day into every drink.

Why You’ll Love This Skinny Spicy Margarita Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Skinny Spicy Margarita Recipe
  1. A Tried-and-True Fave: Margaritas embody carefree days spent soaking in warm sunshine. This spicy version kicks up my signature Skinny Margarita with a subtle heat. The popular recipe has led to thirst-quenching varieties like peach, blackberry and grapefruit margaritas. In just one drink, transporting imbibers to fun-filled moments of sun, leisure and no worries.
  2. Easy to Make: Want to spice up your margarita on a whim? Simply add one to two thin slices of jalapeño straight to the shaker. No need for advance preparation unlike infusing tequila. This approach satisfies sudden cravings without fuss, letting the pepper’s subtle heat enhance every refreshing sip on the spot.
  3. Absolutely Delicious: This jalapeño margarita melds bright citrus with the smooth blend of spirits, capped by a faint tingle of heat. With layers of refreshing flavor and a subtle pepper punch, each sip leaves drinkers wanting more. The balance of tart, creamy and just a hint of spice creates a thirst-quenching concoction that’s impossible to put down.

How To Make A Spicy Margarita Recipe

Here is an easy way to make a Spicy Margarita recipe. First, note some necessary ingredients for this recipe that are the followings:

The Ingredients

  • Tequila: Tequila lends its refreshingly crisp character to margaritas, inspiring countless country songs about its charms. Opt for blanco’s mild profile, reposado’s fuller body or anejo’s robust notes depending on preferred intensity. Each brings its own balanced flavor to catalyze citrus for a thirst-quenching indulgence.
  • Lime Juice: Only the brightest flavor of fresh lime juice squeezed straight from the fruit enhances a margarita; bottled alternatives impart staleness with every sip.
  • Orange Juice: As a uniquely vibrant addition specially tailored for this lean and spirited spicy concoction, a splash of orange juice illuminates each drink with a burst of sunny citrus essence that lifts and livens the entire experience.
  • Agave: Agave rinses the palate with mellow sweetness, offsetting spice and tempering tequila’s natural austerity for balance. While I craft mine to favor tartness over excess sugar, feel empowered to supplement agave’s presence should a sweeter indulgence please your own tastes better. Personalize as you see fit to suit your ideal profile of bitter and brut.
  • Jalapeño: Jalapeño stealthily inspires this margarita’s defining spice with its vivacious venom, waking up each taste bud without waking up emergency services. It sparks just the right amount of heat to enliven without ignite, adding a vibrant edge that delights rather than demolishes drinkers. Flavor receives an exhilarating boost below blistering levels.
  • Salt + Lime Wedge: Rimming glasses with salt crafts an enticing presentation and elevates every sip. For taste and texture, choose kosher, sea or margarita salts’ nuanced savor over table salt’s overly briny and metallic bite. Subtle salt underscores flavor where acrid salt would overpower and detract from the balanced beauty of each chilled margarita.

Ingredients With Measurements

Kosher salt and lime wedgeFor rimming glass
IceAs needed
Silver tequila2 ounces (about 3 tablespoons)
Freshly squeezed lime juice3 tablespoons (from 1 large or 1 1/2 small limes)
Freshly squeezed orange juice1 tablespoon (from 1/2 small/medium orange)
Light agave nectar1 1/2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons if prefer sweeter)
Jalapeño pepper slices1/4 to 1/2 jalapeño, cut into thin rounds (more for more spice)
Lime wedgesAdditional for serving
Jalapeño slicesAdditional for serving

Crafting The Spicy Margarita Recipe

  • Prepare the Vessel: Rim the glass with salt and fill with ice to create a chilled canvas for the libation. Alternatively, build “up” for undiluted intensity, though be forewarned!
  • Elevate the Elements: Add the measured margarita recipe components and ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Ignite the Alchemy: Shake vigorously for half a minute to fully combine flavors in a lively amalgam.
  • Revel in Refreshment: Strain into the prepared glass and raise your rimmed vessel to lips, ready to savor each spicy,sour,sweet sip of enjoyment!

Time For Preparation 

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings1 drink (multiply as needed)

Spicy Margarita Recipe Variations

  • Spicy Margarita Without Alcohol: If you don’t want alcohol, sparkling water or soda can replace tequila. The fizzy drink will let you taste the bright lime and spice. You’ll still enjoy the margarita flavors without the buzz from spirits.
  • Frozen Spicy Margarita: Want it cold and icy? Put lime, tequila, orange juice and jalapeno in a blender. Add some ice cubes too. Push the button and whirl it all up. It will get thick and slushy. Pour into a glass and drink your chilled spicy margarita!
  • Jalapeño Margarita With Vodka: If tequila is not to your taste, you can make thisrecipe with vodka in place of the agave spirit for those preferring a less distinctive alcoholic foundation to the bold jalapeño and citrus flavors.

Spicy Margarita Recipe Storage Tips

Spicy Margarita Recipe Storage Tips

This margarita shines brightest when enjoyed freshly made. However, any leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s enjoyment, though it is best relished immediately after blending all ingredients together at their peak.

What To Serve With Spicy Margaritas Recipe

  • Tacos for Tangoing: Tempeh, salmon, steak or your favorite filling is sure to complement the cocktails.
  • Enchiladas for Enjoyment: Vegetarian, chicken or butternut squash varieties provide fine fiery flavor foils.
  • Appetizers to Assuage: Guacamole, shrimp guacamole bites or layered taco dip feeds festivities perfectly.
  • More Mexican Mains: Chicken quesadillas, burrito bowls or casserole crockpot creations also pair delightfully.

Recommended Tools To Make Spicy Margarita Recipe

  • Cocktail Shaker – A sleek stainless steel shaker deserves a place on your bar top.
  • Jigger – Ensures just the right amounts of ingredients in each drink.
  • Pitcher – Perfect vessel for serving many margaritas to a crowd.

Recipe Tips And Tricks

  • Tajin Rim Twist: Add an authentic Mexican flair by rimming glasses with Tajin seasoning. This popular blend features dried chilis, salt and lime zest for a kick of flavor that is not overpoweringly spicy. The seasoning can be found in many grocery stores now or ordered online. Tajin lends an interesting texture against the cool, tart drink. However, one cannot go wrong with the classic salted rim as well – it remains a tried and true pairing for margaritas.
  • Scale Recipes as Needed: Makes are provided for 1, 2 or a full pitcher to quench a crowd. A batch spares time at social events versus individual mixing.
  • Citrus Squeezing Solutions: For efficiency or large batches, consider using a citrus juicer to extract lime juice. A juicer swiftly produces juice without effort. That said, hand-squeezing limes works too with enough perseverance. With motivation, the old-fashioned method of squeezing by hand supplies ample lime liquid without extra tools. Both techniques get the job done for this spicy margarita recipe.

Nutrition In Spicy Margarita Recipe

Serving Size1 drink
Calories197 kcal
Polyunsaturated Fat1g
Monounsaturated Fat1g
Potassium97 mg
Vitamin A94 IU
Vitamin C29 mg
Calcium9 mg
Iron1 mg
Note: For optimum flavor, enjoy this drink immediately after preparation. However, any leftovers may be refrigerated for consumption within 1 day.


Why are spicy margaritas so popular?

Adding spice to cocktails may seem unusual but chili peppers lend layers of flavor enhancing a margarita’s tequila, lime, salt and sugar notes. Their heat offers heightened sensations and complexity that harmonize superbly with the drink’s other components. The result is a sensory experience far greater than the sum of its parts.

Are spicy margaritas good?

The popularity of spicy margaritas has grown in recent years with good cause. This reinvented version of the classic margarita introduces an invigorating heat to an already refreshing and tasty drink. The bold, vibrant flavor profiles produce an exciting cocktail perfect for those seeking a dash of daring flavor. The fiery element counterbalances the smooth, cooling qualities for a well-rounded beverage appealing to bold palates.

What spicy margarita says about you?

The intersection of sweet, salty and tart flavors imbue these cocktails with a bold and lively character, much like those attracted to them. The vibrant hues and invigorating nature of a spicy margarita appeal to energetic, outgoing individuals who thrive as the focal point and enjoy putting their own colorful stamp on social affairs. Those who savor this drink possess a bold and spirited personality.

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