If you’re looking for something to make your next Taco Tuesday pop, you have to try this Spicy Margarita recipe.
Spicy Margaritas are sweet and tart with a wonderful layer of heat. Like a regular margarita, this drink uses tequila, lime, orange, and a little simple syrup for sweetness. But there’s also jalapeño juice in the mix for a zingy spice you’ll love. Plus, the glass is rimmed with zesty Tajin.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty darn perfect to me!
Why Is This Spicy Margarita So Good?
Margaritas are one of the most popular drinks in the world, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors.
I love them on the rocks with nothing but tequila and lime juice. That said, I also go nuts for a big, cold glass of mango and tequila slush!
It’s pretty much the perfect drink, no matter how you slice it.
Spicy margaritas are so good because they’re sweet, tart, spicy, and totally refreshing. They’re easy to make, use only a few ingredients, and work well on pretty much any occasion. Plus, since they’re not overly sweet, you can have more than one without it being too cloying.
No spicy margarita is complete with Tajin!
Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass, then dip it in Tajin. It will give you a wonderful zingy, zesty, spicy flavor with each sip.
Ingredients in a Spicy Margarita
Here’s what you’ll need to make the best spicy margarita ever:
- Tequila - of course. What would a margarita be without it?
- Lime juice - freshly squeezed, please!
- Cointreau - margaritas taste extra yummy with a hint of orange, don’t you think?
- Jalapeño slices - they bring the heat!
- Jalapeño juice - you get this from a jar of pickled peppers. You could also make spicy simple syrup by adding jalapeños to the mix when you make the simple syrup.
- Agave syrup - every cocktail needs a touch of sweetness.
- Egg whites - I know this sounds nuts, but it’s how you get that fancy-schmancy frothy top.
- Tajin - this is a must-have. It’s what you’ll use to rim the glass.
What’s the Best Tequila for Margaritas?
Silver or Blanco tequila is best for margaritas because it’s lighter and has a better flavor that mixes well in the drink. Darker tequilas are aged and bring an oakiness to the mix, which can distract from the bright zesty flavors of the lime and orange.
As with rum or vodka, you’ll want to get good quality tequila. If you go for something too cheap, it’ll leave a harshness behind.
That said, since you’ll mix it with so many other ingredients, you don’t need to go too crazy and get something super expensive. That stuff should be saved for sipping.
How To Make the Best Spicy Margarita
This recipe is enough for one drink.
- 2 ounces of Silver or Blanco Tequila
- 1 ounce of freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- 1/2 ounce of Cointreau
- 2–3 Jalapeño Slices
- 1 teaspoon Jalapeño Juice
- 1/2 ounce Agave Syrup
- 1 Egg White
- Tajin Seasoning and Lime Wedge for garnish
- Add the tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, jalapeño juice, and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake for around 20 seconds then add the egg white and shake again for 20 more seconds.
- Run a wedge of lime around the rim of the glass and dip it in the Tajin.
- Fill the glass with ice and strain the margarita into the glass.
- Add jalapeño slices and a fresh lime wedge to the glass and serve.