Spicy Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Spicy Margarita Cocktail Recipe

Spicy Margarita Cocktail Recipe

If you’re a classic Margarita fan it’s  time to get spicy! The summertime favourite comes in many guises including Strawberry and Tommy’s or even the low alcohol twist Margarita Next coming in at only 10.8% . This refreshingly spicy take is for adventurers who love to meet a challenge palate-on. You can use fresh jalapeños or go to the end of the article to make our jalapeño cordial from scratch, which only takes a total of half an hour to prepare.

What is a Spicy Margarita?



The Spicy Margarita cocktail is made with Tequila, Triple Sec,  fresh lime juice, orange juice, egg white and slices of jalapeño. We recommend using Tequila Exotico Blanco 100% Blue Agave produced in the Highlands of Jalisco as it is famed for its crisp herbal aroma with spicy base and fresh agave with hints of pepper and herbal notes. Good quality ingredients are the key to this punchy cocktail so make sure your juice is freshly squeezed, your chillies top-notch and even though the egg white is optional, don’t leave it out as it adds that gorgeous top to give it a smooth creamy texture.

Before we add our ingredients to the shaker let’s not forget to pay tribute to the small and dangerous chilli pepper itself. There are different types of  jalapeño that you can experiment with depending on you and your guests’ taste for spiciness.

Different types of Jalapeños

The jalapeño was traditionally cultivated in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, Mexico, hence its name meaning “from Xalapa”. Did you know that there are also red jalapenos? Here we have prepared a list of varieties and each one has a 🌶️ which represents 1k SHU on the Scoville scale for heat.

Goliath Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

Early Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

Jaloro Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

Jalafuego Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ Medium hot

El Jefe Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ 

Jedi Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶🌶🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶 Medium low

TAM Jalapeño (Low Heat)🌶️🌶️🌶🌶 Low

Purple Jalapeños 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ sweet and spicy

Spicy Margarita Ingredients 

  • 150ml Tequila Exotico Blanco 100% Blue Agave
  • 75ml Cointreau
  • 25ml chilli syrup (see below) or sweet agave nectar
  • 25ml fresh mango or orange juice
  • 25ml lime juice
  • Jalapeño or habanero slices if you want to muddle instead of using cordial
  • Pinch of salt and chilli flakes
  • Egg white (optional)
  • Ice

  • How to make a Spicy Margarita cocktail


    Mix your salt and chilli flakes together and place on a plate. Pour a small amount of syrup or lime juice on another plate. Dip the rims of your tumblers in your chilli syrup then go to the other plate and place down in the dry ingredients.


    Put all the ingredients in a large cocktail shaker or mixer and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold. Strain through a mesh strainer if you choose to muddle the chillies instead of using the syrup.


     Strain the cocktail into your tumblers with XL ice cubes, and serve with extra Jalapeños, lime wedges or slices and if  you like to add an extra taste dimension you can also try Tajin seasoning on the rim. 

    How to make your own Jalapeno cordial


    1. 2 ½kg brown/Demerara sugar
    2. 2 jalapeno peppers, washed and sliced
    3. 1.5 litres of water


    Heat water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir intermittently. Add the jalapeno slices to the pan or if you want a milder syrup, place the whole unsliced chillies .


    Bring the pan of syrup to the boil, turn off the heat. Leave the mixture to infuse for 30 minutes or 24 hrs if you like a serious kick.


    Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all the chilli peppers and seeds. then pour into sterilised bottles. Keep in the fridge for a month or one year stored in freezer bags in the freezer.

    The Big Serve

    Lastly, serve your Spicy Margarita with delicious, spicy Tex Mex such as Burritos, Fajitas and nachos with freshly made guacamole. These have all the complementary flavours and textures of Mexico necessary to bring out all the notes of your cocktail to perfection.

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    If you’ve enjoyed making our Spicy Margarita our menu is definitely designed for you thanks to our premixed Tequila cocktail selection ready for your guests to sip as the sun goes down any time of the year. And,  if you’d like to try your hand at making a classic Margarita, we have just the recipe for you. Our premium ingredients make us extra special and all our cocktails are mixed in Italy by World renowned Mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi, whose bar in Rome  is ranked 16th in the World’s 50 Best Bars. Enjoy!