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  • 2 Ounces Avión Silver
  • 3/4 Ounces jalapeño infused Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 Ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 Ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 Ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 Ounces simple syrup
  • 4 sage leaves


Muddle sage. Add all ingredients. Shake. Double strain. Pour over new ice in cocktail glass. Garnish with sage leaf with a salted rim

The Best Spicy Margarita Recipe

One of my favorite cocktails ever, and I mean ever, is a good spicy margarita. There are so many different ways to make a spicy margarita. From chili flavored tequila or chili-infused liquor, to simply adding muddled up jalapeños to a traditional margarita recipe.

Whenever I visit a Mexican restaurant, I’m always on the hunt for the best spicy margarita. After years of searching, I’m happy to report that I think I may have found it. In fact, I loved it so much that I felt the need to replicated the recipe (with a few alterations) so I can make it at home! Today, I’m sharing the secret to making the perfect spicy margarita, every time! Any guesses on which San Diego hotspot this spicy margarita is inspired by? It’s JAVIER’S! (Located in La Jolla.)

Spicy Margarita Recipe &ndash Why they&rsquore amazing!

Can we just talk margaritas for a second. Truth be told. I use to not be a fan. It was mostly because I would always get a headache after I had one. Who wants that? So I boycotted margaritas for a while. Until we went to this one restaurant in Dallas, La Hacienda Ranch and it changed my margarita world forever! They were the smoothest, not overly sweet, tastiest margaritas I&rsquove ever had AND no headache.

I was hooked. Lucky for you I have the exact same recipe this restaurant uses in my How to make the Best Margarita Guide. Today I&rsquove tweaked it a little bit to spice things up in the best way possible. Mike told me these are the BEST margaritas I&rsquove made so far! We like to serve them with my Cheesy Beef Enchiladas or my Baja Fish Tacos. But they are definitely perfect for Cinco de Mayo, which is coming up in the month! (I even have a pitcher version for you) So, let&rsquos dive in.

The BEST Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe

The key to a good skinny margarita is to go easy on the sweetener and use FRESH juices. It’s a little more effort, but honestly SO worth the squeeze. The secret ingredient in ours is freshly squeezed orange juice rather than orange liquor (typically Triple Sec or Cointreau). It’s a small change but you will notice the difference immediately – I promise you won’t miss the liquor AT ALL. You’re also cutting out the added sugar and alcohol, which is a major bonus in my book.

The second change is to go easy on the sweetener. If you’re at a bar or restaurant and don’t want to drink tequila on the rocks (the “skinniest” drink but not the easiest to consume), you can always ask for a margarita with lots of fresh lime juice and to go easy on the sweetener. If you’re a little more particular, you will want to be specific about how much sweetener. I make mine at home to taste and don’t usually measure the amount of sweetener (we use agave), but I would estimate it is about a teaspoon, if that.

Most margarita recipes call for 1 ounce of sweetener per drink – that is A LOT of sugar, think a shot glass worth. All of this sugar is what ultimately leads to hangovers and major headaches the next day. Cutting down on the sweetener and using freshly squeezed fruit juice – which also has sugar, I have to add – which be a lot easier on your body.

Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe

+ 2 oz tequila – I like Casamigos Blanco for my margaritas, but Espalon is good for cocktails as well and really affordable.

+ 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice – I usually use 1/4 of an orange

+ 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice – I usually use 1 medium-sized lime

+ 1 jalapeno, sliced (to taste)

+ 1/4 – 1/2 oz agave nectar or sweetener of your choice

+ Salt for the rim – I like Tajin, or none at all


If you like salt on the rim, do this step first. Rub a lime wedge around the top of your glass and dip it in salt. Chile lime salt or Tajin compliments a spicy margarita very well. If you’re looking to go easy on the salt you can skip this step entirely or just do half of the rim.

To make the cocktail: muddle jalapeno slices and lime in a cocktail shaker. Adjust the amount of jalapeno depending on your spice preference – I like mine extra spicy so I always use at least 1/2 of a jalapeno. Go easy to start, you can always add more! Add agave, orange juice, and tequila. Shake and strain over ice – garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeno slices.

You can easily adjust this recipe for different margarita variations by adding different fruit juices to the mix or muddling fresh fruit in place of the jalapenos. Some ideas: fresh watermelon, mango, passionfruit, raspberries. The possibilities are endless!


It is light, fresh and smooth with just the right amount of heat. And with very few calories, it’s a guilt-free indulgence.

You can omit the spicy part if you prefer a regular margarita!


  • 1-2 ounces of Tequila Blanco or Silver [I prefer Casamigos, but Jose Cuervo Silver w/ Blue Agave or something similar will work]
  • 8-12 ounces Sprite Zero
  • 2-3 limes [for juice and wedges for garnish]
  • Chili Lime seasoning [I love Trader Joe’s & Tajin]
  • ice
  • 2-3 slices of fresh jalapeno [optional]


I’m not a bartender or Mixologist, so this is just how I personally like my margarita!

First, fill your cocktail glass with ice all the way full. Lots of ice is key!

After that, pour in the Sprite Zero.

Then, cut and squeeze the juice from 2 limes and add to the glass. Slice a wedge to add to the side or squeeze and toss in the glass.

Lastly, sprinkle Chili Lime seasoning directly on the rocks for the simple way or rim your glass with a mix of sea salt and Chili con Lime seasoning at the beginning.

I actually prefer to have the spices floating in my drink and oftentimes will add more to the top mid-way through! The Tajin blend is thicker with larger flakes and the Trader Joe’s Chili Lime seasoning blend is more subtle.

It’s on my list of Favorite Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s and always have 1 or 2 in the spice cabinet!

And depending on my mood, sometimes I cut up a fresh jalapeno and add a few slices and give it a stir. T and I both love spicy foods so it’s no surprise we like our cocktails with a little bit of heat!

I recommend tasting as you go and then tweaking the amounts based on what you like and how you want it to taste!

And for extra, extra skinny and more natural, you can do Soda water with extra lime juice and omit the Sprite zero altogether.

These are easy to make for a crowd [or just for 2] since we always have everything on-hand. And if we don’t, you know our cocktail machine is always ready to go!

And since today is Cinco de Mayo AND Taco Tuesday, I might just have to make an exception and have one tonight!

We’re either making tacos or ordering takeout from one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants.

We Tried 4 Ways of Making a Spicy Margarita and Our Favorite Was Super Easy

Sipping an icy cold, refreshing margarita is one of the best ways to finish the workday and ease into happy hour. Whether you like your margarita with a salted rim, served straight up, or poured over rocks, this classic drink is just as delicious as a five o’clock sipper as it is served with a bowl of chips and guacamole. And with National Margarita Day on February 22, you have the perfect excuse to grab the ingredients you need to craft this cocktail at home. (Not that you needed one.)

While endless versions of margaritas abound, The Original Margarita is made with Cointreau, tequila, and fresh lime juice. Distilled since 1849 from an aromatic and balanced blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, Cointreau is the not-too-sweet spirit that adds just the right notes of citrus and sweetness into a margarita. It’s an essential element for any home bar and can be used in countless other cocktails, including a fun riff on the classic margarita, The Spicy Margarita.

For those who like a little kick, The Spicy Margarita (recipe below) offers all the flavors you love in a margarita, plus some zing and pep from jalapeños and cilantro. These additions are easy to incorporate into the drink: Shake sliced fresh jalapeño slices and sprigs of cilantro up with the Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice, and serve over ice. But does this simple method yield the best-tasting spicy margarita? We tested a few other methods of getting spicy jalapeño heat into a margarita to find the happy hour winner.

The Spicy Mandarin Margarita Recipe

Margarita Day is finally here, and I for one am pretty excited. I know we all fill our margarita void with the weekly Margarita Monday, but today both National Margarita Day and Margarita Monday collide like an interstellar alignment of the planets, creating a margarita celebration on steroids. You’d be silly not to have a drink.

I’ve crafted a margarita with a little firepower, so it’s like a fireworks celebration in your mouth – no I didn’t add gunpowder or light anything – but you will find the Serrano peppers do a sublime job of emulating a similar effect.

I began my process with the most important ingredient – tequila – and found a great bottle of Reposado Tequila, which provided a little more balance to the cocktail than I believe a blanco would in this instance. With my margaritas I like to replace the traditional orange liqueur with some fresh orange juice. This substitution has a double effect on the end product: it leaves more room for more tequila and it also helps balance the acidity of the lime juice. Speaking of which, I find there is no substitute for fresh squeezed juice in a good margarita, so I went out to the market searching for limes and oranges. While there, I came across some delicious looking mandarins, which led to an epiphany: substitute the oranges for mandarins.

The end result is a beautifully balanced, boozy and absolutely delicious Spicy Mandarin Margarita with an emphasis on spicy. I’m a huge fan of spice, but if you’re not the spice level is easily modified by adding as little less. Happy National Margarita Day!

What Equipment Should I Use To Make A Spicy Jalapeño Margarita

The Glass: If you are a Margarita fan, then you might want to invest in Margarita glasses. This style of glass is like a wider topped coupe glass. Personally, we try to stick to glassware that is multi-purpose, so we serve our Margaritas in a double old fashioned glass or rocks glass.

The Shaker: If you like to make cocktails at home then buy yourself a good quality cocktail shaker that stands out on your bar cart. Our favorite shaker is the beautifully designed patterned brass shaker from Absolut Elyx Boutique. You can get $15 off your first order by using this link.

Recommended cocktail shaker: ABSOLUT ELYX BOUTIQUE Brass Patterned Cocktail Shaker. (Use this link to get $15 off your first order)

Recipe Summary

  • 12 fluid ounces pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 jalapeño chile, cut in half lengthwise
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 4 teaspoons tajin seasoning
  • 4 lime wedges
  • Ice
  • ¾ cup (6 oz.) tequila
  • Jalapeño slices and pineapple wedges, for garnish (optional)

Bring pineapple juice, sugar, and jalapeño to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 3 minutes. Strain solids from juice discard solids. Let cool completely in refrigerator, about 1 hour. Stir in lime juice.

Place tajin seasoning in a shallow dish. Run a lime wedge around the rim of 4 glasses dip rim of each glass in tajin seasoning to coat. Fill each glass with ice. Divide tequila among each glass top with some of the pineapple mixture. Pour margarita back and forth between 2 glasses to mix well. Pour margarita back in serving glass, and add more ice if necessary. Garnish with jalapeño slices and pineapple wedge, if desired.

Now, if you’re addicted to spicy tequila and want to make your own homemade infused jalapeno tequila (ME), you can soak 4-5 jalapeno slices (or more) in a fifth of tequila overnight. Taste in the morning and steep longer if you prefer hotter. Be sure to remove all the jalapeno before storing long term. The jalapeno won’t hold up forever in the tequila.

A quick note, not all jalapenos are created equal. Some are duds and some are hotter. I recommend you pick up 2-3 jalapenos and try a small bite to gauge the heat before you burn your house down or are left wondering why you just taste vegetables in your margarita.

Watch the video: Build Your Own Cocktail - Spicy Jalapeno Margarita


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