Spicy Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:22%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Spicy Margarita is a modern twist on the classic Margarita cocktail. It's believed to have gained popularity as a result of the craft cocktail movement, where bartenders experimented with traditional recipes to cater to a more adventurous palate. This cocktail is particularly favored by those who appreciate a balance of citrus and heat.

  • The Margarita itself has many origin stories, with one of the most popular being that it was created in the 1930s or 1940s in Mexico.
  • The addition of spicy elements to the Margarita is a relatively recent innovation.
  • The Spicy Margarita has become a staple in bars that specialize in Southwestern or Mexican cuisine.

How Spicy Margarita Tastes?

The Spicy Margarita offers a tantalizing balance of flavors. It's a refreshing mix with a zesty lime foundation, complemented by the sweetness of agave syrup. The heat from the jalapeño adds a fiery kick, while the tequila provides a robust, earthy undertone. The orange liqueur rounds out the drink with a subtle fruity sweetness.

Interesting facts about Spicy Margarita

  • The Spicy Margarita is often enjoyed during the summer months but is also a popular choice year-round for those who enjoy spicy flavors.
  • Jalapeños can vary in heat, so each Spicy Margarita can have a different level of spiciness.
  • The cocktail's popularity has led to the creation of numerous variations, including those with different types of chili peppers or sweeteners.


  • Lime wedge: 1
  • Jalapeno coins: 2
  • Blanco tequila: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange liqueur: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Agave syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Salt rim: 1
  • Garnish jalapeno coin: 1

Lime Wedge

Used to moisten the rim of the glass for the salt to adhere to. It also provides a hint of lime flavor even before you take a sip. Without it, you’d miss the salty zing that contrast so well with the sweet and sour elements of the margarita.

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Jalapeño Coins

These little spicy coins are the fire in your fiesta! Muddling them releases their heat and essential oils, giving the drink its signature kick. If you go without, you’ll just have a regular margarita, which is fine, but you promised your taste buds an adventure, remember?

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Blanco Tequila

This is the spirit of the cocktail – quite literally! Blanco tequila gives a clean, agave flavor that carries the other ingredients. Too little, and the cocktail lacks backbone; too much, and you'll be sending smoke signals with each breath!

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Orange Liqueur

It adds a sweet citrusy depth. If you skip it, you miss out on the roundness of flavor that balances the spice. Think of it as the diplomat that keeps the tequila and lime juice from warring.

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Lime Juice

The lifeblood of any margarita, it brings the necessary tartness that makes you pucker up in the best way. Not enough, and the cocktail tastes flat; too much, and you're wincing more than an outlaw at a hoedown.

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Agave Syrup

The sweet to your sour, the yin to your yang. Agave syrup mellows the acidity and cools the jalapeño’s heat. Omit it at your own risk – unless you like living on the edge of a volcanic tongue!

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Salt Rim

It’s like the crisp high-five that greets you as you dive into the drink. The salt rim tempers the sweetness and accentuates the margarita’s flavors. Without it, you’re left with an incomplete experience, like a mariachi band with no trumpets.

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Garnish Jalapeño Coin

The capstone to your creation. It warns the drinker of the spicy journey they’re about to embark on and adds a final visual and flavorful flair. No garnish might leave your presentation lacking, and your sip slightly less adventurous.

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Recipe. How to make Spicy Margarita Drink

  1. Prepare the glass: Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge, dip the rim in salt to coat, and set aside.
  2. Muddle: Add the jalapeño coins to a shaker and gently muddle to release the flavors.
  3. Mix: Pour the blanco tequila, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, and agave syrup into the shaker.
  4. Shake: Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  5. Serve: Strain the mixture into the prepared glass over fresh ice.
  6. Garnish: Place a jalapeño coin on top of the drink for an extra kick.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass: Put the glass in the freezer for a few minutes before preparing the drink to keep it extra cold.
  • Adjust the heat: For a milder spice, remove the seeds and veins from the jalapeño; for more heat, leave them in or add an extra slice.
  • Fresh ingredients: Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Tacos: The zesty lime and spicy jalapeño of the Spicy Margarita cut through rich and flavorful meats. Try pairing with carne asada or chicken tinga tacos for a mouthwatering combination.

Grilled Seafood: A match made in heaven for seafood lovers! The freshness of lime juice complements dishes like grilled shrimp and fish tacos, enhancing their natural flavors.

Chips and Guacamole: The salt rim of the margarita pairs superbly with the creaminess of guacamole, while the drink's acidity balances the richness of the chips.

Drinks Pairings

Cold Beers: A light, crisp lager or a Corona with a lime wedge could be a great sidekick to your Spicy Margarita, especially on a hot day.

Non-Alcoholic: Sparkling water with a splash of lime provides a refreshing alternative for those looking to stay sober while enjoying similar flavor profiles.

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What you could change in Spicy Margarita

  • Blanco Tequila: Can be substituted with Reposado Tequila for a smoother taste.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple Sec or Cointreau can be used interchangeably.
  • Agave Syrup: Honey or simple syrup can be used as a sweetener alternative.

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Cucumber Spicy Margarita

For a cooler twist, add 3 slices of cucumber along with the jalapeño coins when you muddle. This variant introduces a refreshing, crisp backdrop to the heat, perfect for those summer days when you need a spicy yet cooling drink.


Swap out the blanco tequila for mezcal to smoke things up. Mezcal brings a richer, smokier profile that'll make you feel like you're sipping next to a bonfire on a beach. It’s a more robust dance of flavors for a seasoned palate.

Mango-Chili Margarita

Introduce 1 oz of mango puree to the shaker before you add ice. The sweetness of the mango juxtaposes with the jalapeño, making each sip a tropical yet fiery adventure. It's like a salsa dance for your taste buds – vibrant, colorful, and full of life.

In case you forgot basics how to make Spicy Margarita

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Spicy Margarita

Can I make a Spicy Margarita in a pitcher for a group?

Yes, you can scale up the ingredient quantities proportionately and mix them in a pitcher. Instead of shaking, stir well and serve over ice, garnishing each glass as needed.

How long should I shake the cocktail to properly mix the ingredients?

Shake the cocktail for about 10-15 seconds or until the shaker becomes frosty and cold to the touch.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Spicy Margarita?

Certainly! Replace the alcohol with a non-alcoholic tequila alternative or simply increase the lime juice and agave syrup, and substitute the orange liqueur with orange juice.

What type of ice is best for serving a Spicy Margarita?

A Spicy Margarita is best served with large, chunky ice cubes that melt slowly, preventing the drink from becoming too diluted too quickly.

How can I prevent the jalapeño from overpowering the drink?

To control the spice level, muddle the jalapeño gently, and taste as you go. You can also infuse the tequila with jalapeño ahead of time for a more measured heat.

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