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Orange Jalapeño Margaritas

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Orange Jalapeño Margaritas combine tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, and simple syrup – with some muddled jalapeño slices for some heat. You decide how spicy you like your cocktails, and incorporate jalapeños accordingly. Such an interesting and delightful concoction for happy hour!

Side shot of two spicy margaritas with a black background.

Ya’ll probably already know that I’m a spice girl. In other words, I like my food on the spicy side, and I’m all about trying spicy cocktails too. I’ve definitely had to “cool” things off on the blog, and have went back and changed several recipes with a bit too much jalapeño and cayenne. I usually explain ways to take the spice level up or down, depending on YOUR preferences.

So I’ve been on the hunt lately, for a spicy marg, and decided to make one myself. My first attempt was a big ole’ bomb! I infused tequila with a large jalapeño with ALL the seeds, and let it sit for 24 hours or a tad more. Let’s just say that my mouth was ON FIRE. Ok not literally, but almost! 😀

Overhead shot of two jalapeno orange margaritas, on a green napkin.

These margaritas are tamed way down. I simply muddled some jalapeño slices, instead of infusing tequila.

Ingredients needed for Orange Jalapeño Margaritas:

  • Tequila – Use a good quality, silver tequila for best results.
  • Orange Cointreau – I love using this in my margarita recipes.
  • Limes and Oranges – These fresh ingredients make the best margaritas!
  • Jalapeño – You’ll need a couple of slices to muddle, and then a couple more to serve.
  • Simple Syrup – This is equal parts sugar and water, and optional. Most like a little sweet in their cocktails, so I like to include it my recipes.
  • Lots of Ice – You’ll need some for the glasses and some for the cocktail shaker.
  • Kosher Salt – Used to rim the glasses
Overhead shot of orange and lime slices, and jalapeño slices.
Overhead shot of a cocktail shaker and orange and lime slices.

How to make Orange Jalapeño Margaritas:

  1. Prep. Squeeze limes and oranges with a citrus press, and store juice in the refrigerator. Slice some orange and lime rounds for serving. Cut a jalapeño into slices. Set out glasses and liquors. Make simple syrup (see below).
  2. Prep glasses. Pour kosher salt on a plate. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rims of the glasses. Dip glasses in salt, and fill glasses with ice. Garnish the glasses with orange and lime slices, and drop a jalapeño slice in the drink.
  3. Make drinks. Drop a couple of jalapeño slices into a cocktail shaker. Muddle it for about 5-6 seconds. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime and orange juice, and simple syrup, if desired. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour. Pour margaritas into the prepared margarita glasses. Repeat process for additional cocktails.

How to make simple syrup:

  1. Place an equal amount of water and sugar in a small saucepan. (I usually do a cup of each.)
  2. Bring to a simmer, and cook until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat, and pour into a mason jar, or another container.
  4. After it cools, store in the refrigerator for cocktails of your choice.
  5. You will only need a couple of ounces per drink, but it’s nice to keep some in the refrigerator for emergency cocktails!
Overhead shot of my hand holding a orange jalapeño margarita.

Let’s be responsible party-goers and snack on ALL the things while enjoying our margs! OK? 😀

FAV Snacks for Happy Hour:

Overhead shot of two margaritas on a green napkin.

Try this margarita recipe next! Classic Skinny Margaritas

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xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of two spicy margaritas with a black background.

Orange Jalapeno Margaritas

Orange Jalapeño Margaritas combine tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, and simple syrup – with some muddled jalapeño slices for some heat. You decide how spicy you like your cocktails, and incorporate jalapeños accordingly. Such an interesting and delightful concoction for happy hour!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: orange jalapeno margarita, party cocktails
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 margaritas
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. silver tequila
  • 3 oz. orange cointreau
  • 2 oz. lime juice – freshly squeezed
  • 3 oz. orange juice – freshly squeezed
  • simple syrup – to taste (optional)
  • jalapeno slices
  • salt and orange/lime wedges – to serve

Instructions

  • Prepare in advance. 1) Squeeze limes and oranges, and store fresh juice in the refrigerator. 2) Slice orange and lime slices for serving. 3) Make simple syrup.
  • At party time, prepare margarita glasses. Pour kosher salt on a plate. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rims of your glasses. Dip glasses in salt, and fill glasses with ice. Garnish with orange and lime slices, and a jalapeno slice.
  • Take a couple of fresh jalapno slices and place in the bottom of the cocktail shaker. Use a muddler, and muddle the slices for about 5-6 seconds.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime and orange juice, and simple syrup (if desired). Shake vigorously.
  • Pour immediately into two prepared margarita glasses. Repeat for additional cocktails.

Notes

How to make simple syrup:
  1. Place an equal amount of water and sugar in a small saucepan. (I usually do a cup of each.)
  2. Bring to a simmer, and cook until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat, and pour into a mason jar, or another container.
  4. After it cools, store in the refrigerator for cocktails of your choice.
  5. You will only need a couple of ounces per drink, but it’s nice to keep some in the refrigerator for emergency cocktails!

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 30mg

One Comment

  1. Yes Please! This is awesome and is the perfect drink for Friday night happy hour. Repeat!

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