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Jalapeño Margarita: A Spicy Treat

For some of us, the craving for spicy and hot flavors is never-ending and irresistible. The many variations to the classic margarita cocktail only prove its popularity as a drink. We bring one such spicy variation of the drink which will take hold of your taste buds with its fiery flavors. This version uses the jalapeño peppers to add some heat to the original cocktail. Just for the sake of some spicy kicks, call your friends over a party and have a spicy jalapeño margarita contest.

How much jalapeño is too much jalapeño?

jalapeno margarita with lime on table

Jalapeños have been used for flavoring food since centuries and are the most loved hot pepper around the world. Jalapeño pepper has its origins in Mexico and grows 2-3 inches in length.

Using 1-2 slices will generate soft and warm levels of heat, 3-4 slices will generate medium levels of spice and using anymore is simply scaling up the fire. Use as many slices as you prefer.


The spicy margarita is fairly easy to make. All you need is :

  • Sliced Jalapeño peppers
  • Tequila – 1½ ounces or 44 ml
  • Lime juice – 1 ounce or 30 ml
  • Triple Sec – 1 ounce or 30 ml
  • Ice
  • Salt and lime juice for the rim
  • Jalapeño slices to garnish


  1. Muddle the jalapeño slices, however much suits your taste, in a glass.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients- tequila, lime juice, triple sec and top it with ice and shake in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Strain the drink in a salt-rimmed margarita glass. Check out the original recipe to know more about the salty rim.
  4. Use a mesh sieve while straining the drink into the margarita glass to avoid any chunks or seeds of the pepper in your drink.
  5. Garnish with a jalapeño slice and some lemon.

Jalapeño Infused Tequila 

tanteo tequila jalapeno margarita

You can prepare your own spicy jalapeno-infused tequila at your home without paying any extra price. The jalapeños will provide a spicy tingle to your tequila and you will feel the heat as the tequila goes down your throat.

You can enjoy this tequila as it is or use it to make different cocktails.

Tanteo Blanco Tequila is widely preferred for infusing jalapeños in it.

Simply add 2-3 lengthwise cut slices of jalapeño for mild spice, along with its seeds, to your tequila and let it sit at room temperature for a day at least. Strain the tequila into another bottle using a mesh sieve to remove the jalapeño slices and seeds. There you have your very own hot and spicy tequila ready for you.

The Ghost Margarita 

Want a margarita even spicier? Try using Ghost Tequilas instead of simple ones. Ghost tequilas are a mix of 100% agave tequila and the ghost pepper found in India. This one is not for the faint hearted. Ghost Tequila labels have a skeleton hand or a skull along with a pepper, so you know what you’re in for. 

To prepare Ghost Margaritas, simply substitute ghost tequila for simple tequila and follow all the steps mentioned above.

Tequila Recommendations

While any good quality Blanco or Reposado tequila would do wonders, we do have some brand recommendations, all 750 ml pricings, which can lift up your spicy margarita to a whole new level. These tequilas offers strong agave forward flavor complementing the spice of jalapeños:

  1. Tanteo Blanco Tequilas – $35.84
  2. Cazadores Tequila Reposado – $44.99
  3. Don Julio Blanco  – $51.99
  4. Siete Leguas Tequila Blanco – $52.50
  5. Siembra Azul Blanco – $54.99

You can also check out the original margarita recipe article to choose from a wide range or recommended tequilas.

Additional Tips

  • Wash your hands after slicing the peppers and prevent them from touching your eyes or face.
  • The jalapeño peppers can vary in their heat and spice. You can always taste and check the spice levels in your drink before serving.
  • Removing or keeping the seeds is your own choice. The longer the seeds stay in, the hotter the drink is.
  • You can spice up the Mango or Pineapple margaritas with jalapenos. Grapefruit margarita also goes well with some added heat.

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