Spicy Margarita Recipe

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Spicy Jalapeno Margarita in chili salt-rimmed glass

Did you know that the classic Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails to order? Like, in the world? That’s why you can’t go wrong making an epic Spicy Margarita recipe to please the crowd. Of course, it’s a little different, but the same basic Margarita-making rules apply. 

So, if life’s given you a few lemons and you have a forgotten jar of jalapeños in your fridge begging to be used, then it’s time to learn how to make a Spicy Margarita that’s got just the right amount of kick. 



Make sure your limes are room temperature for the juiciest results


For the best Spicy Margarita recipe, use a tequila with 100% agave


Remove the white membrane and seeds from the jalapeños before adding them to your cocktail



1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Agave syrup
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Freshly squeezed lime juice
Wedge of lime
Deseeded jalapeño slices
Coarse salt for rimming



Run the lime wedge along the rim of a rocks glass 


Dip the rim into a plate of salt, add ice and set aside 


Add sliced jalapeños to your cocktail shaker 


Muddle gently using a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon 


Add all the liquid ingredients 


Add ice and shake until properly chilled—at least 30 seconds 


Strain into prepared rocks glass 


Garnish with a slice or two of jalapeño 

About this Spicy Margarita

The Margarita has given birth to a massive number of variations, and they are dominating cocktail menus across the globe. Adding some spice to your Margarita is easier than you might think and is one of the more popular Margarita types you can serve.  

Our Spicy Margarita recipe uses the same classic ingredients as a Lime Margarita. It should be a harmonious balance of sweet, tart, sour and spicy.   

The best Spicy Margarita recipe

We know. We have a lot of guts to tell you that our version is the best. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Make our Spicy Margarita recipe, and then tell us we’re wrong! Challenge accepted.   

Tips for a successful Spicy Margarita

Want to know how to give your Spicy Margarita recipe the right amount of kick and the perfect balance of flavours? We have a few tricks you can use to make the best Spicy Margarita.   

  • Tequila: This is the hero of your Margarita. When choosing a tequila, remember that silver tequila is best. We suggest Espolón Tequila Blanco because it’s handcrafted with 100% Weber Agave, and you want to infuse your Margarita with an agave flavour.   
  • Orange liqueur: Choose Grand Marnier for pronounced orange flavour with hints of vanilla and oak. When combined with agave, you’ll have a lovely and mild sweetness that you expect from a Margarita.   
  • Jalapeños: We’ve got a few tricks for using jalapeños. The first, most obvious, is to use more if you want it spicier and less if you don’t. Remove the white membrane and seeds from the pepper before adding the sliced peppers to your cocktail. If you like spice, leave the seeds for an even bigger kick. We prefer it without and much more appreciate a subtle heat that doesn’t leave us sweating.   
  • Glass rim: If you want to go the extra mile, mix dried chilli with your salt to rim the glass. You can add lime zest to the salt for an extra citrus kick.   

The best foods to serve with Spicy Margarita

While serving some spicy Mexican dishes with this Margarita might be tempting, we suggest you don’t go overboard. You still want to appreciate the heat of your drink, so err on the side of caution when pairing it with overly-spicy food. Here are a few options:  

  • Tacos: Add some spice to Taco Tuesday. Serve a variety of tacos for everyone to share. Beef short rib, pork belly and chicken will go down well, but remember to keep it more savoury than spicy.   
  • Corn chips and bean dip.  
  • Cheesy nachos or enchiladas with guacamole, sour cream and salsa. 
  • Fire-grilled corn  
  • Ceviche   
  • Vegetable tempura   

Spicy Margarita in a jug

Margaritas are epic when served in jug-fulls where everyone around the table can help themselves. If you want to know how to make a Spicy Margarita in a jug, count your friends and do some simple calculations.  

If you have around 8 thirsty friends, add approximately 8 slices of jalapeños to a jug. Muddle with the back of a wooden spoon, then add 475 ml tequila, 120 ml Grand Marnier, 120 ml agave syrup and 240 ml freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir to combine, then top it with ice, stirring again for another 30 seconds or until the jug is frosty on the outside. Serve on your dinner table with salt-rimmed serving glasses so your friends can fend for themselves while you cook dinner.   


A Spicy Margarita is similar to a classic Lime Margarita, with the addition of spice. Combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave syrup. Muddle jalapenos in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Add ice and strain the margarita mixture into the glass.

A silver or blanco tequila is best for this recipe. It is very agave-forward, so if that’s not your vibe opt for a reposado tequila instead for a smoother finish.

Absolutely! Put some salt on a shallow plate. Rub a lime wedge along the rim of your glass, then dip it into the salt and you’re done. Couldn’t be easier!

Add around 8 jalapeño slices to a jug and muddle with the back of a wooden spoon. Add 475 ml tequila, 120 ml orange liqueur, 120 ml agave syrup, and 240 ml freshly squeezed lime juice, then give it a good stir. Serve with salt-rimmed ice-filled rocks glasses on the side.

A Skinny Spicy Margarita is a low-calorie version of the regular one. Instead of using orange liqueur, you’ll be using freshly squeezed orange juice instead.

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