Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Do you need a fun drink for Cinco de Mayo? Maybe these spicy jalapeño margaritas are just what you are looking for!

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas
Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

I love finding spicy jalapeño margaritas on the cocktail menus at my favorite local spots, but with five kids, how often am I really getting to have one of these?? The only answer, of course, is to make my own.

The other night, I had my first opportunity to give it a go. My husband was on call and campers at Camp Brighton were itching for a movie night. I did what any good mom would do – I sent out a group text message – APB. Any moms interested in dropping their kids on my couch for movie night while I experiment with cocktails?

Win-win. My kids get movie night with friends. I get mom-time and fun drinks. My Saturdays certainly look a lot different these days but, with a little creativity, they are definitely still a lot of fun.

Just a few ingredients and you are on your way to Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas
Just a few ingredients and you are on your way to Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

The first step in this spicy jalapeno margarita endeavor is making a jalapeno simple syrup. To make a simple syrup, all you need is equal parts water and sugar. I suggest 1/2 cup sugar and a 1/2 cup water. To make it spicy, slice a jalapeno into the water and sugar and let it simmer. You will need to bring your sugar and water to a boil to make sure that all of the sugar is dissolved into the water. Then lower the temp and let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside. Keep the sliced jalapenos in the simple syrup.

Jalapeno Margaritas
Jalapeno Margaritas

To make the spicy jalapeno margaritas, you will need to combine the jalapeno simple syrup with freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice (no gross sour mix here!), tequila and cognac. If you want your spicy jalapeno margaritas even spicier, muddle a slice or two of jalapeno in the cocktail mixer or the individual glass before adding the other ingredients.

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

Garnish with jalapenos and lemon or lime slices. Serve on the rocks! ENJOY!!!

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas
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Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own amazing Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas!
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 3 margaritas
Author Erin Brighton


Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 jalapeno , sliced

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce orange flavored cognac
  • 1 jalapeno , sliced


  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. To make spicier, first muddle a few jalapeno slices in the cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice. Shake until your hand is too cold to shake anymore.
  4. Pour over ice. Garnish with lemon or lime slices and jalapenos.
  5. Enjoy!!

 Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas

You are going to love these cocktails …

Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas / Erin Brighton
Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas / Erin Brighton

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

22 thoughts on “Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas”

    1. Give it a try! Simple syrup does make everything better but, if you were looking to cut back on the sugar, I bet you could! The natural sweetness of the lemon and lime go a long way, I think.

    1. If you just use the jalapeno simple syrup and don’t muddle any extra jalapenos, you would be fine!! The citrus does balance out the spice really well.

    1. Thanks, Rini! It has been a huge hit here! Love the idea of having these cocktails at brunch – they are so bright and citrusy, it would be perfect.

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