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!
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: orange jalapeno margarita, party cocktails
Author: Sue Ringsdorf
2oz.lime juice- freshly squeezed
3oz.orange juice- freshly squeezed
simple syrup- to taste (optional)
salt and orange/lime wedges- to serve
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.
How to make simple syrup:
Place an equal amount of water and sugar in a small saucepan. (I usually do a cup of each.)
Bring to a simmer, and cook until sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat, and pour into a mason jar, or another container.
After it cools, store in the refrigerator for cocktails of your choice.
You will only need a couple of ounces per drink, but it's nice to keep some in the refrigerator for emergency cocktails!