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 ordered cocktails in America? That’s why you can’t go wrong making an epic Spicy Margarita recipe to please the crowd. 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, then it’s time to learn how to make a Spicy Margarita that’s got just the right amount of heat.



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

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Agave syrup
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Freshly squeezed lime juice
Wedge of lime
2 -4 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 a lot easier than you might think, and is one of the more popular Margarita types that you can serve. Our Spicy Margarita recipe uses the same classic ingredients as a Lime Margarita, and should be a harmonious balance of sweet, tart, sour and spicy.  

The best Spicy Margarita recipe

We know. We have a lot of guts telling you that our version is 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. Oh! And if you’re looking for a fun alternative on our version, check out the Espolón Reposado Spicy Margarita recipe for more fiery inspiration. 

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 flavors? We’ve got 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 flavor.  
  • Orange liqueur: Choose Grand Marnier for pronounced orange flavor with hints of vanilla and oak. When combined with agave, you’ll have a lovely and mild sweetness that you expect from a Margarita. And if orange is your thing, check out some more Grand Marnier cocktails for some zesty inspiration. 
  • Jalapeños: We’ve got a few tricks when it comes to using jalapeños. The first, more obvious one, 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 using it in your cocktail. But 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, go ahead and mix dried chili with your salt to rim the glass. You can also add lime zest to the salt for an extra citrus kick.  

The best foods to serve with Spicy Margarita

While it might be tempting to serve some spicy Mexican dishes with this Margarita, we suggest that you don’t go overboard. You still want to appreciate the heat of your drink so err on the side of caution when it comes to 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 savory than spicy.  
  • Corn chips and bean dip 
  • Cheesy nachos or enchiladas with guacamole, sour cream and salsa 
  • BBQ grilled corn 
  • Make it part of your Barbecue feast this summer 
  • Ceviche  
  • Freshly shucked oysters 
  • Vegetable tempura  

Spicy Margarita in a pitcher

Margaritas are epic when served in pitcher-fulls where everyone around the table can help themselves. If you want to know how to make a Spicy Margarita in a pitcher, count your friends and do some simple calculation. If you have around 8 thirsty friends add around 8 slices of jalapeños to a pitcher. Muddle with the back of a wooden spoon, then add 16 oz tequila, 4 oz Grand Marnier, 4 oz agave syrup, and 8 oz freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir to combine, then top it with ice, stirring again for another 30 seconds, or until the pitcher is frosty on the outside. Serve on your dinner table, along with salt-rimmed serving glasses, so your friends can fend for themselves while you get on with the business of cooking dinner.

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Add some spice to your Taco Tuesday night with friends. Or serve these spicy drinks with food hot off the barbecue, corn chips and bean dip, refried beans, freshly shucked oysters or an assortment of tempura.

Add sliced jalapeños to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, agave syrup, and ice. Shake well until chilled, then strain into salt-rimmed rocks glasses.

You can easily spice up a classic Lime Margarita by muddling jalapeños and adding them to your normal margarita mix.

If your Margarita is overly-sour, you’ve probably added to much lime juice. Add more sweetness to balance it out. 

Place sliced jalapeños in a cocktail shaker. Using a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, muddle the peppers until they start breaking up.