Jalapeño margaritas are the summer cocktail for me, I’m obsessed. Skip the store-bought mix, with fresh lime, an easy jalapeño infused simple syrup this margarita is a little bit sweet and a little bit heat. It is so refreshing, it is perfect.
It has been on repeat all summer long, I’m so excited to finally share it with you.
Control the Spice
Since you are making the jalapeño infused simple syrup, you have the ability to control the spice. The recipe below uses two jalapeños without seeds. If you want more kick, keep the seeds. To really add some heat, slice the jalapeños across the pepper keeping the seeds intact, like they would go on nachos.
Make it a Jalapeño Margarita Mocktail
This jalapeño margarita recipe is so delicious, you can easily skip the tequila. If you want to add a little bubbly, feel free to add in a splash or so of sparking water.
The best flavor comes from using fresh limes. For a pitcher or margaritas, you will need about 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice. Don’t skip this step, it is very noticeable if you don’t use enough lime juice.
If you want to make life easier, look for lime juice at the grocery story, something that says 100% lime juice.
Trader Joes has a jalapeño limeade that also works. With this option, you may not want to add any additional jalapeños to the simple syrup.
Salt & Lime Rim
You can use store-bought margarita salt or regular coarse kosher salt. Zest one lime into the salt, rubbing the salt and lime together between your fingers to release the lime zest flavor. Make sure to zest the time before cutting it in half to squeeze fresh juice, it is so much easier and safer to zest a full lime.
Easy Jalapeño Margaritas
- 2-3 Jalapeño Peppers
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Freshly squeezed lime juice (about 5 limes)
- 4 shots Tequila
- 1-2 cups Ice
- Salt and Lime Rim
- In a small pan, add the sugar, water and sliced jalapeños. Over medium heat, let it simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minuets. Remove from heat and let it cool down and infuse the jalapeño flavors. Let it infuse until it reaches your preferred taste. About 5 minutes. For extra spicy, keep some of the seeds.
- Zest one lime and add it to a plate of coarse salt. Rub the salt and lime between your fingers to combine the flavors.
- Freshly squeeze your lime juice, you will need about 1 cup.
- In a pitcher, add the lime juice and tequila. Pour the the infused simple syrup through a strainer into the pitcher and add ice.
- Rub a lime wedge around a glass, dip into the prepared lime and salt rim, add ice and pour in the jalapeño margarita.