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Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas

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spicy jalapeño margarita

Though classic margaritas are pretty perfect on their own, we think adding a little kick via fresh jalapeños makes them even better.

Infusing alcohol is one of our favorite ways to get creative with cocktails, and it works especially well with jalapeños. A long steep in tequila allows the fresh verdant flavor of the pepper to come through, along with that signature spice. To balance the heat, we recommend the addition of sliced cucumber to cool things down.

There’s no need to reach for top-shelf tequila for this recipe, as the flavors of jalapeño and cucumber take center stage. That said, if you like sipping tequila on the rocks, go for a brand you like to drink solo and try some on its own. As for orange liqueur, our preference is Cointreau for its balanced, not-too-sweet flavor. Some brands are considerably sweeter, so if you like your margs on the zestier side, start with ¾ ounce orange liqueur, taste, and add more if necessary.

This recipe yields enough infused tequila to make 8 margaritas and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Made this? Let us know how it went in the comment section below! 

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Yields: 1
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 8 hours 10 mins
Jalapeño Tequila
2 c.

tequila blanco


jalapeño, quartered 


medium cucumber, cut into 1/2" slices

1 tsp.

granulated sugar

1 tsp.

kosher salt

Lime wedges, for glass and garnish

2 oz.

infused tequila

1 oz.

orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)

3/4 oz.

fresh lime juice

Sliced jalapeño, for garnish

Jalapeño Tequila
  1. In a large clean jar, combine tequila and jalapeño. Using handle of a wooden spoon, gently muddle jalapeño. Add cucumber and seal jar. 
  2. Store in a cool, dark place at least 8 hours or up to 12. Strain tequila mixture, discard solids, and pour back into jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Make Ahead: Tequila can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled.
  1. In a small shallow bowl, combine granulated sugar and salt. Run a lime wedge around rim of a rocks glass and dip into sugar mixture to coat.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine infused tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice and vigorously shake until outside of shaker is very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared ice-filled glass and garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeño slices.

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