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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!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword orange jalapeno margarita, party cocktails
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 margaritas
Calories 354 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime and orange juice, and simple syrup (if desired). Shake vigorously.

  5. Pour immediately into two prepared margarita glasses. Repeat for additional cocktails.

Recipe 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 Facts
Orange Jalapeno Margaritas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 30mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.