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  • Margaritas

These frozen drinks are tangy, refreshing and will keep you cool throughout the warm summer months. Enjoy!

9 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 350ml gold tequila
  • 175ml triple sec
  • 250ml frozen limeade concentrate
  • 4 cupfuls ice

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. In a liquidiser, combine tequila, triple sec and limeade concentrate. Fill liquidiser to the top with ice. Blend, adding additional ice while blending, until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

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Reviews in English (10)


I've been using the recipe for years. In the blender, use 1 can limeade, fill can with tequila and pour that in, a 'pour' of triple sec, if you have it, fill to top with ice and blend. Top glass with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. You won't know when to stop!!!-11 Apr 2008

by amydoll

My husband and I really liked these. For those who aren't sure; a jigger is a shot. These are a bit on the strong side so beware!-05 Jun 2006

by Teresa

My husband has been using this recipe for years, however he substitutes the ice cubes for frozen strawberries that were fresh out of our garden. Awesome!-30 Jan 2009

Spicy Margarita

The classic Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Despite having no clear provenance, it has charmed drinkers since its inception, circumnavigating its way around the globe to become one of the most ubiquitous drinks in circulation today. But perhaps nothing proves its dominance more than the countless variations the Margarita has spawned.

The Spicy Margarita is one variation that has taken hold and never released its grip. It succeeds where so many of its siblings fail. That is to say, it refocuses the classic recipe without losing what’s essential to its success: that timeless blend of sweet, sour and earthy flavors.

Blanco tequila remains the star of this show, imbuing the drink with its vegetal agave notes. For the best results, choose one that is made with 100% blue agave. An equal split of orange liqueur and agave syrup add sweetness, while fresh lime juice provides balance and that characteristic acidity you can’t achieve with bottled sweet-and-sour.

The key to the Spicy Margarita’s heat is fresh jalapeños, which are muddled in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Two jalapeño coins, with their seeds removed, will yield a conservatively spicy drink. For a more fiery Spicy Margarita, throw in a third coin, or as many as you can handle. The warm, savory drink is the perfect cocktail to set fire to your summer.

Spicy Margarita Recipe &ndash Why they&rsquore amazing!

Can we just talk margaritas for a second. Truth be told. I use to not be a fan. It was mostly because I would always get a headache after I had one. Who wants that? So I boycotted margaritas for a while. Until we went to this one restaurant in Dallas, La Hacienda Ranch and it changed my margarita world forever! They were the smoothest, not overly sweet, tastiest margaritas I&rsquove ever had AND no headache.

I was hooked. Lucky for you I have the exact same recipe this restaurant uses in my How to make the Best Margarita Guide. Today I&rsquove tweaked it a little bit to spice things up in the best way possible. Mike told me these are the BEST margaritas I&rsquove made so far! We like to serve them with my Cheesy Beef Enchiladas or my Baja Fish Tacos. But they are definitely perfect for Cinco de Mayo, which is coming up in the month! (I even have a pitcher version for you) So, let&rsquos dive in.

The BEST Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe

The key to a good skinny margarita is to go easy on the sweetener and use FRESH juices. It’s a little more effort, but honestly SO worth the squeeze. The secret ingredient in ours is freshly squeezed orange juice rather than orange liquor (typically Triple Sec or Cointreau). It’s a small change but you will notice the difference immediately – I promise you won’t miss the liquor AT ALL. You’re also cutting out the added sugar and alcohol, which is a major bonus in my book.

The second change is to go easy on the sweetener. If you’re at a bar or restaurant and don’t want to drink tequila on the rocks (the “skinniest” drink but not the easiest to consume), you can always ask for a margarita with lots of fresh lime juice and to go easy on the sweetener. If you’re a little more particular, you will want to be specific about how much sweetener. I make mine at home to taste and don’t usually measure the amount of sweetener (we use agave), but I would estimate it is about a teaspoon, if that.

Most margarita recipes call for 1 ounce of sweetener per drink – that is A LOT of sugar, think a shot glass worth. All of this sugar is what ultimately leads to hangovers and major headaches the next day. Cutting down on the sweetener and using freshly squeezed fruit juice – which also has sugar, I have to add – which be a lot easier on your body.

Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe

+ 2 oz tequila – I like Casamigos Blanco for my margaritas, but Espalon is good for cocktails as well and really affordable.

+ 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice – I usually use 1/4 of an orange

+ 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice – I usually use 1 medium-sized lime

+ 1 jalapeno, sliced (to taste)

+ 1/4 – 1/2 oz agave nectar or sweetener of your choice

+ Salt for the rim – I like Tajin, or none at all


If you like salt on the rim, do this step first. Rub a lime wedge around the top of your glass and dip it in salt. Chile lime salt or Tajin compliments a spicy margarita very well. If you’re looking to go easy on the salt you can skip this step entirely or just do half of the rim.

To make the cocktail: muddle jalapeno slices and lime in a cocktail shaker. Adjust the amount of jalapeno depending on your spice preference – I like mine extra spicy so I always use at least 1/2 of a jalapeno. Go easy to start, you can always add more! Add agave, orange juice, and tequila. Shake and strain over ice – garnish with a lime wedge and jalapeno slices.

You can easily adjust this recipe for different margarita variations by adding different fruit juices to the mix or muddling fresh fruit in place of the jalapenos. Some ideas: fresh watermelon, mango, passionfruit, raspberries. The possibilities are endless!

All the Margarita Recipes You Need in Your Life

It’s Saturday friends, which means you have all the permission you need to mix up one (or two) of these delicious margaritas tonight. And, since Cinco de Mayo is in just a couple weeks, we want to spend some time perfecting our recipes before the big fiesta (who wants to be my taste testing guinea pig?!)

To help start your weekend off with a delicious bang, we’ve done the leg-work for you to find the most fresh and mouthwatering margarita recipes out there. Whether it’s a spicy jalapeño concoction or a citrus refresher, this recipe roundup is sure to get the party started. Drink responsibly, but always #likeyoumeanit !

Blood Orange Margarita Pitcher from Honestly Yum

White Peach Margarita from The Clever Carrot

Coconut Margarita from Sugar & Charm

St. Germain Mint Margarita from Waiting on Martha

Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita from Nutmeg Nanny

Spicy Cucumber Margarita from Gimme Some Oven

Grapefruit Margarita from Apartment 34

Dragonfruit Margarita from Freutcake

Strawberry Habanero Margarita from Heather Christo

Grapefruit Ginger Vanilla Margarita from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

How to Make This Recipe

Step 1

Add Tajin seasoning on the rim of your glass by running a lime wedge around the rim and dipping the glass in the seasoning, set aside.

Step 2

Stir tequila, tamarind syrup, and fresh lime juice in a glass.

Step 3

Fill ¾ of the margarita glass with crushed ice, then pour the margarita ingredients over the ice and stir.

Step 4

Garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!

A Refreshing Cucumber and Jalapeño Margarita Recipe

Courtesy of Purecane

It's never too early to start celebrating Cinco De Mayo, and this Cucumber & Jalapeño Margarita is the ultimate way to do that. The combination of refreshing cucumbers with the spicy jalapeños in this recipe, reprinted with permission, is truly unmatched. And the fact that the simple syrup is made with Purecane™ Individual Packets instead of regular sugar makes this a healthier alternative to those sugary margarita options!

For more healthy drinks, check out our 6 Best Healthy Margarita Recipes.

The Secret To A Perfectly Sweet & Spicy Margarita

A spicy margarita contains the same primary ingredients as any traditional margarita—lime juice, sweetener, and tequila. These ingredients are all you need to make a margarita and the rest is what differentiates flavored margaritas from each other.

This particular spicy margarita recipe has a unique ingredient that I have NEVER come across before in other spicy margarita recipes I’ve tried. This secret ingredient gives it a floral and refreshing flavor that compliments the heat and spice of the jalapeños perfectly. I was blown away when I learned what it was! Are you ready for it? The secret ingredient is St. Germain.

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

If you’re unfamiliar with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, it’s an artisanal French liquor made with up to 1,000 fresh, wild, handpicked elderflower blossoms in every bottle. It has a fresh and floral aroma that smells of jasmine, lilies, and grapefruit, with a subtle flavors of pear, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, and passionfruit all rolled into one.

This liqueur has all the elements you need to balance out the heat of the jalapeños and chilis, creating a perfectly sweet and spicy margarita.

Fresh ingredients

Another must-have for making a perfect spicy margarita is using fresh ingredients. I can’t stress this enough! It’s definitely more work to make freshly squeezed lime juice, but I promise it’s worth it! Here are the additional fresh ingredients you’ll need to really elevate the flavor of this spicy margarita.

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Freshly sliced and diced jalapeño peppers
  • Freshly sliced red chilis
  • Agave nectar
  • Orange juice (this is optional for this recipe)

Good quality tequila

We can’t forget about the star of the show, tequila! Normally with margaritas, you’ll want to opt for a blaco tequila (clear tequila). It’s unaged, and a more pure expression of what the agave plant can do. However, this recipe uses a mellowed-out reposado tequila (tequila with a golden hue). This type of tequila has been aged in oak between two months and two years giving it a more robust flavor. You can use any reposado tequila, or any tequila for that matter! As long as it’s a good-quality tequila, you’ll be fine.

Before You Leave Home

The beauty of this recipe is that all of the prep is done at home. Your only job at the campsite is to combine the lime mixture with the tequila and enjoy!

Step 1 &ndash Make Jalapeno Simple Syrup

Trim the top of your jalapeno off. Cut your jalapeno in half lengthwise. If you like it spicy, leave the seeds inside the halves. If you prefer a milder zing, remove the inside and seeds of the jalapeno.

Place the sugar, water, and sliced jalapeno in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for approximately 10-12 minutes. You&rsquoll know it&rsquos ready when your mixture thickens up into a syrup like consistency.

Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Carefully (it&rsquoll be hot) strain out the pepper and seeds from the syrup mixture. Allow to cool and then refrigerate.

This jalapeno simple syrup will keep in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

TIP: This simple syrup can be used for more than just this recipe&hellipuse it to make spicy sweet tea, jalapeno mojitos, even spicy limeade or lemonade. You can use it anywhere you would normally use regular simple syrup.

Step 2 &ndash Juice and Cut Limes

If you bought lime juice &ndash skip this step. But if you like your lime juice very fresh, cut your limes in half and use a juicer (manual or electric) to squeeze as much juice from each half as possible. Store in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator. The sooner you use freshly squeezed lime juice the better as the flavor deteriorates the longer you take to use it.

If you also enjoy a lime garnish with your margarita &ndash cut 1 lime into small wedges to use as a garnish at the campsite. Place these in a small plastic zip top bag in the refrigerator until your trip.

Step 3 &ndash Create Margarita Mixture

To make your campsite prep as easy as possible, combine your lime juice and jalapeno simple syrup in equal parts. Do this a night or two before your camping trip and shake thoroughly to combine. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

Best Spicy Jalapeno Margarita

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1 x
  • Diet: Vegan


Heat up your cocktail repertoire with this spicy jalapeno margarita recipe! Crisp and tart, it’s got just the right kick. Perfect for sipping or with tacos.


  • 3 tablespoons ( 1 ½ ounces ) tequila blanco or reposado*
  • 2 tablespoons ( 1 ounce ) Cointreau
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ( ¾ ounce ) fresh lime juice
  • 3 to 4 jalapeño pepper slices or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • For the garnish: Lime wedge, more jalapeño slices


  1. Slice the jalapeño pepper into 3 to 4 thin slices. If you prefer a more subtle heat, remove the seeds.* (Wash your hands well afterward.)
  2. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt (or for a festive look, use our Margarita Salt).
  3. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake until cold. (At this point you can take a taste and adjust the spice level if you’d like.)
  4. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.


*We used 3 slices with the seeds in for a medium spicy drink. Remember that jalapeno peppers can vary in heat! Feel free to customize the number of slices and seeds based on your own preference.

Keywords: Jalapeno Margarita, Spicy Margarita Recipe

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Published on February 12, 2020 / Last updated on March 10, 2021

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