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Spicy Margarita

If you’re a fan of margaritas, you might want to try a spicy margarita. This cocktail is a twist on the classic margarita, with added heat from spicy ingredients like jalapeños or hot sauce. The combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors makes for a refreshing and unique drink that’s perfect for any occasion. To make a spicy margarita, you’ll need a few key ingredients like tequila, lime juice, and triple sec.

Homemade Spicy Margarita With Limes And Jalapenos

However, the real star of the show is the spicy element, which can come from a variety of sources. Some recipes call for muddled jalapeños or hot sauce, while others use spicy salt to rim the glass. You can also experiment with different types of tequila to find the perfect balance of flavors for your taste buds. There are many different variations of the spicy margarita recipe, so you can customize it to your liking.

Whether you prefer a mild heat or a fiery kick, there’s a recipe out there for you. So why not switch up your usual margarita routine and try a spicy version? It might just become your new favorite cocktail.


The origins of the Margarita are shrouded in mystery and folklore, with several stories claiming to be the true origin of this popular cocktail. One leading story suggests that the Margarita was invented in 1938 by Tijuana-based bartender Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera. It’s said that he invented the beverage for one of his frequent customers Marjorie King, who was allegedly allergic to all liquors except tequila. By combining the three quintessential ingredients of a tequila shot – tequila, lime, and salt, the Margarita was born.

Margarita with pineapple and jalapeno

Another story suggests that the Margarita was invented in the late 1940s or early 1950s by socialite Margarita Sames. She created the cocktail for her guests at her Acapulco vacation home, using tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Despite the conflicting stories, what is known is that the Margarita gained popularity in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. It became a symbol of the exotic and glamorous lifestyle of Mexico, and was featured in movies and television shows, further cementing its status as a classic cocktail.

Today, the Margarita remains one of the most popular cocktails in the world, with countless variations and adaptations. From frozen Margaritas to spicy Margaritas, this classic drink continues to evolve and adapt to new tastes and trends.

How to Make It

Spicy Margarita with jalapenos

Spicy Margarita

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a spicy margarita is a simple process that requires a few key ingredients and tools.

Here's how to make a delicious spicy margarita:


  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 1/4 to 1/2 serrano pepper, seeds removed and muddled (depending on desired heat level)
  • Tajin seasoning and/or kosher salt for rim
  • Lime wedge for rim and garnish
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Start by prepping your glass. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim in Tajin seasoning and/or kosher salt to coat. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1/4 to 1/2 serrano pepper (depending on desired heat level).
  3. Add 2 oz blanco tequila, 1 oz lime juice, 1 oz orange liqueur, and 1/2 oz agave syrup to the shaker.
  4. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Fill the prepared glass with fresh ice and strain the cocktail into the glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh cilantro (optional).



  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. Look for 100% agave blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and a good quality orange liqueur like Cointreau.
  • Adjust the heat level to your liking by adding more or less serrano pepper.
  • If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a pitcher or large glass to mix the ingredients and strain into the prepared glass.
  • For a deeper flavor, you can also try using reposado or anejo tequila instead of blanco.
  • If you prefer a sweeter margarita, you can add a bit more agave syrup or use a spicy margarita mix instead of fresh lime juice and agave syrup.
  • If you want to add even more heat, you can also add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the cocktail.

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There are many ways to make a spicy margarita, and the variations are endless. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Jalapeño Margarita

One classic way to make a spicy margarita is to add jalapeño slices to the shaker. Muddle the jalapeño slices with some lime juice and agave syrup before adding the tequila and triple sec. Shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a jalapeño slice.

Spicy Margarita with pineapple and jalapeno. Mexican cocktail

Serrano Margarita

If you want a spicier kick, try using serrano peppers instead of jalapeños. Muddle the serrano pepper with some lime juice and agave syrup, then add the tequila and triple sec. Shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Hibiscus Margarita

For a unique twist on the classic margarita, try adding hibiscus syrup to the mix. Combine blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and hibiscus syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a salt-rimmed margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Cilantro Margarita

If you love the taste of fresh cilantro, try adding it to your spicy margarita. Muddle some fresh cilantro with lime juice and agave syrup, then add tequila and triple sec. Shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a cilantro sprig.

Tajin Margarita

For a spicy and tangy twist, rim your glass with a mixture of Tajin seasoning and kosher salt. Combine tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and a dash of hot sauce in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the salted rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Mix Up Your Tequila of Choice

Remember, the type of tequila you use can also affect the flavor of your spicy margarita. Blanco tequila is a great choice for a citrusy and refreshing drink, while aged tequilas can add a deeper flavor to your cocktail. Some popular brands for making margaritas include Patron Silver, Don Julio Blanco, Espolon Blanco, and Herradura Silver.Experiment with different ingredients and find your favorite spicy margarita recipe. Don’t be afraid to muddle some chilies or add some orange liqueur to the mix.


What are some ingredients to make a great margarita?

The key ingredients for a great margarita are tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. You can use either blanco or reposado tequila, depending on your preference. For the orange liqueur, you can use Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec. To sweeten the drink, you can add agave syrup or simple syrup.

How can I make a spicy margarita using Tajin?

Tajin is a popular Mexican seasoning made with chili peppers, lime, and salt. To make a spicy margarita using Tajin, you can rim the glass with Tajin before pouring in the drink. You can also add a pinch of Tajin to the cocktail shaker when you mix the ingredients. This will give your margarita a spicy kick and a tangy flavor.

What is the recipe for a skinny spicy margarita?

To make a skinny spicy margarita, you can use fresh lime juice, a splash of orange juice, and a small amount of agave syrup or stevia. For the spiciness, you can add a few slices of jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper. Shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into a glass with a salt rim.

What is the difference between a spicy margarita and a regular margarita?

A spicy margarita is a variation of a regular margarita that includes spicy ingredients such as jalapeño, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce. The spiciness adds a kick to the drink and enhances the flavor of the tequila. A regular margarita, on the other hand, is made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur.

What is spicy tequila and how is it used in cocktails?

Spicy tequila is tequila that has been infused with spicy ingredients such as jalapeño, habanero, or serrano peppers. It can be used in cocktails to add a spicy kick and a unique flavor. You can use spicy tequila in a spicy margarita, a Bloody Mary, or a Paloma.

What are some tips for making a delicious spicy cocktail?

When making a spicy cocktail, it’s important to balance the spiciness with other flavors. Use fresh ingredients such as lime juice and herbs to add brightness and acidity to the drink. Use a good quality tequila and orange liqueur to add depth and complexity. And don’t forget to rim the glass with salt or Tajin to enhance the flavors of the drink.

Spicy Margarita
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