Jalapeno Margarita

This spicy jalapeño margarita recipe is perfect for happy hour, Cinco de Mayo, or summer entertaining. Pass the tortilla chips, and enjoy!

Spicy Jalapeño Margarita recipe

We’re getting the weekend started a little early today with my favorite happy hour drink…the jalapeño margarita! It’s spicy, tart, slightly sweet, and super refreshing over ice. You only need 6 simple ingredients to make it, and it’s easy to stir together (no cocktail shaker required!). So what are you waiting for? Pass the tortilla chips, and enjoy!

Jalapeño Margarita Recipe Ingredients

To make this spicy margarita recipe, you need 6 simple ingredients:

  • Tequila – Use any good-quality blanco tequila in this recipe. We like this brand, but feel free to use your favorite!
  • A jalapeño pepper – Use anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the pepper. The more you use, the spicier it’ll be.
  • Orange liqueur – You’ll see recipes that call for Cointreau and triple sec, but I love Grand Marnier here.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice – For the best results, squeeze your limes right before you make your cocktails.
  • Something sweet – I sweeten mine with homemade simple syrup or freshly squeezed orange juice. Both are delicious!
  • And ice! Because a great margarita is always on the rocks.

To make a lighter drink, fill your glass halfway with the jalapeño margarita mixture. Then, top it off with sparkling water.

Find the full recipe with measurements below.

Jalapeño Margarita

Spicy Margarita Recipe Tips

  • Taste and adjust. Whenever you make a cocktail at home, taste and adjust to find a balance of flavors you love. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add an extra splash of simple syrup or orange juice. For more tartness, squeeze in extra lime. If you want it spicier, add extra jalapeño slices and let it sit for a few more minutes. Mess with this recipe, and make it your own!
  • If it’s too strong, let the ice begin to melt. If your jalapeño margarita tastes too strong when you first try it, let it sit for a few minutes at room temperature. As the ice melts, it will dilute the drink. If it’s still stiffer than you’d like it to be, top your glass with sparkling water or add extra orange juice.
  • Salt the rim. Honestly, this cocktail tastes great on its own, but if you want to take it to the next level, salt the rim of your glass. To do this, rub the rim of an empty margarita glass with a lime wedge, and dip it in a small plate of coarse sea salt or kosher salt. Mix up the cocktails in a pitcher, fill your glass with ice, and pour the drink into your prepared glass. That’s it!
  • Don’t forget the chips! No jalapeño margarita night is complete without tortilla chips and dip! I love to pair mine with tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, or classic guac. If I’m in the mood for something fruity, I’ll make mango or pineapple salsa, too! This spicy margarita would also be fantastic with nachos, taquitos, or veggie tacos.

Bottoms up!

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5.0 from 41 reviews

Jalapeno Margaritas

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This jalapeño margarita is my favorite summer cocktail. It's so simple to make - be sure to adjust your drink to suit your tastes, and enjoy!
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup good tequila
  • ¼ to ½ jalapeño pepper, plus extra slices for garnish
  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
  • ¼ cup simple syrup or fresh squeezed orange juice
  • a few splashes of sparkling water
  • handful of ice
  1. Pour the tequila into a mixing glass or small pitcher. Add the sliced jalapeño, ¼ to ½ of it, depending on how spicy you want your margaritas. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes (the longer you let the jalapeños infuse, the spicier it will be).
  2. Make the margaritas by mixing together the jalapeño-infused tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and ¼ cup simple syrup or orange juice. Taste. If you’d like a spicier margarita, add more jalapeño and let it it sit a little longer. Pour into glasses and add lime slices and jalapeños for garnish. For a lighter margarita, fill the glasses ½ full and top with sparkling water.



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  1. Jason

    Excellent marg recipe and the optional lighter version with sparkling water was perfect. Thanks so much for posting this!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Jason, so glad you loved it!

  2. Brian

    Soaked the peppers in the tequila, smoked salt rim, served over large ice cube. (Was spicy! And delicious!)

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Brian, so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  3. Kim

    I’m a little bit obsessed with this spicy margarita. I added Tajin to the rim and used a splash of ginger beer instead of soda water and sugar syrup, and it was incredible! I also went with the comment and soaked the jalapenos in the tequila – what a game changer. Thanks for sharing!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Kim, I’m so glad you love the recipe! Great idea to add the ginger beer.

  4. PRao

    I have made many many margaritas, and this is my favorite way to make a jalapeno margarita. Super easy recipe and it is delish. I would soak the jalapenos in the tequila way longer – I add at least one whole jalapeno, if not 2. We like our margarita spicy!

  5. Crystal

    Quick, easy, and tasty. Just what I like in a marg recipe 🙂

  6. Sarah

    this is the best margarita recipe I’ve tried! I love topping it off with some seltzer water!

  7. Kelly

    I’m not usually one for leaving reviews, but this recipe is so good that I went through a margarita making phase (don’t worry, I had roommates to share them with) and made this recipe so many times that my dermatologist said I should try to cut back. Yes, my dermatologist, since all the juice from squeezing fresh limes + sun exposure had caused discoloration on the sides of my hands! I took a month off to confirm lime juice was the cause, but now I’ll be back to marg making, just in a healthier dosage this time 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      hahaha, best comment of the day! I’m so glad you’ve been loving them so much. Maybe invest in a lemon squeezer? 🙂

  8. Lacie

    Tried the orange juice instead of simple syrup and it was a great substitute. Highly reccomend for a less sweet margarita.

  9. Amber

    I strained the fresh lime juice before adding to limit the pulp and keep the drink clear. They were amazing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved them!

  10. Michele

    Great recipe Easy to follow and delicious

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Michele, I’m so glad you loved them!

  11. Nancy

    Great recipe except I found this to be one serving lol

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      ha ha 🙂

  12. SK

    Awesome recipe!
    So easy to make and delicious! I added some fresh basil to the tequila along with the jalapeno.
    This one is a keeper!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  13. faye

    so GOOD! this is the BEST jalepeno margarita Ive EVER had! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha, yay! I’m so glad you loved it 🙂

  14. Teri

    My new friend. I even primed the rim with jalapeno juice and lime before a dip in the salt.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Teri, I’m so glad you loved these!

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