Spicy Margarita Recipe

The spicy margarita is a fiery twist on the classic favorite. This cocktail brings together the boldness of tequila, the zest of lime, and the kick of jalapeño pepper. It’s a dance of spicy and sour, with a hint of sweetness from agave nectar. And for those who love an extra punch, the Tajin rim adds a delightful tang and spice. It’s daring, delicious, and perfect for those who like their drinks with a bit of heat.

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Spicy Margarita

A fiery twist on the classic margarita with jalapenos.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Margarita
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 188 kcal


  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part orange liqueur Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part agave nectar
  • fresh jalepeño pepper
  • ice
  • Tajin seasoning for rim


  1. Optional Tajin rim: ruba a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dipe it into Tajin seasoning.

  2. In a shaker, combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave nectar, and a few slices of jalepeño to taste with ice.

  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.

  4. Strain into your glass filled with ice.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and a jalepeño slice.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Can you make a skinny spicy margarita?

Absolutely! For a skinny version, use a low-calorie sweetener instead of agave nectar and a light tequila.

What does a spicy margarita taste like?

A spicy margarita offers a balance of sour, sweet, and spicy flavors. The heat from the jalapeño adds a zesty punch to the classic margarita taste.

How to make the margarita extra spicy?

Increase the amount of jalapeño, or infuse your tequila with jalapeños for a few hours before making the drink.

Can you make a spicy margarita without jalapeño?

Yes, try using other hot peppers or a dash of hot sauce for a different kind of heat.

Spicy margarita vs regular margarita?

The main difference is the heat element. A spicy margarita includes hot peppers or a spicy rim, adding a fiery twist to the traditional recipe.

Can you make a spicy margarita mocktail (non-alcoholic)?

Certainly! Replace the tequila with non-alcoholic tequila or soda water and use a non-alcoholic orange liqueur alternative.

Tips for making spicy margaritas in large batches

Mix the ingredients in a large pitcher or jug, keeping the same ratios. Add the jalapeño slices last, and let guests decide how spicy they want their drink. Serve over ice to prevent dilution.

Bartender’s Note:

When crafting a spicy margarita, the key is balance. Adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your taste. Remember, fresh ingredients always make the best cocktails. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of peppers for varying levels of heat.

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