close up picture of a tumbler lined with salt, garnished with a lime wedge filled with a jalapeño margarita that has fresh jalapeño slices
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Jalapeño Margarita

These Jalapeño Margaritas are an easy spin on classic margaritas, and a cocktail that you are sure to fall in love with! Not too spicy, not too strong, absolutely perfect!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cocktail
Servings: 6 margaritas
Author: Lisa Longley

Ingredients

One Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 3 fresh jalapeño slices (see notes for spicier margarita)
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish
  • kosher salt

Pitcher of Margaritas (6 margaritas)

  • 1 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 1/4 cup sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 cup trip sec
  • 2 fresh jalapeños sliced
  • 6 lime wedges for garnish (1 lime will work)
  • kosher salt

Sweet and Sour Mix (makes 3 1/2 cups, enough for two pitchers)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 5 - 7 small limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 medium lemons

Instructions

To Make Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

  • Simmer 2 cups of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat until it is fully dissolved. Pour it into a jar and let it come to room temperature.
  • Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice to the cooled sugar mixture.
  • Store it in a sealed container for a week or for up to a month in the freezer.

To Make a Pitcher of Jalapeño Margaritas

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and serve over ice.
  • Either cut up the jalapenos and add them to the pitcher, or serve them on the side and put them in individual glasses. (See notes for a spicier version.)

To Make a Single Jalapeño Margarita

  • Pour the ingredients over ice and stir gently.
  • Add in the slices of jalapeños. To make it a little spicier, muddle the jalapeños into the drink.

How to Garnish a Margarita Glass

  • Cut a small slice in a lime wedge and rub it gnerously around the edge of the glass.
  • Pour kosher salt onto a plate and dip the glass, and the upper edge of the sides of the glass in the salt.

Notes

For a spicier drink, make Jalapeño Infuse Tequila.
  1. Pour 1 cup tequila into a glass jar.
  2. Add in 1 sliced up jalapeño.
  3. Shake to combine and let it sit for 8 to 24 hours.
  4. The longer the tequila sits the more potent it will become with jalapeño flavor.
Garnish with freshly sliced jalapeños.