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Spicy Margarita in a glass on a tray garnished with lime and jalapeno slices.
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Spicy Margarita Recipe

All the flavors of a classic margarita with a little heat! This Spicy Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, tart, and refreshing.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 236kcal


Jalapeno simple syrup:

  • 1 fresh jalapeno*, sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 ½ oz blanco/silver tequila
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 oz jalapeno simple syrup
  • coarse salt, if desired, for the rim of your glass


Jalapeno simple syrup:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool to room temperature then transfer to the refrigerator. This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • Coat the rim of your glass in jalapeno syrup (I lightly brush it on) then dip it into coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, then pour into the glass.


*If you'd like more heat you can increase to two jalapenos. You can also muddle a couple slices of fresh jalapeno into the bottom of the cocktail shaker before assembling the drink.
Adjust ingredient quantities to suit your taste.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg