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Because everyone needs a spicy margarita once in a while. This Don Julio margarita is made with a touch of simple syrup to balance out the chipotle chili powder.
- 1 1/4 Ounce Don Julio Anejo
- 1/4 Ounce Grand Marnier
- 1/2 Ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 Ounce simple syrup
- 1/4 Teaspoon chipotle chili powder
Build ingredients into a Boston Shaker, then add ice and shake vigorously. Line with a salt/sugar rim and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
Calories Per Serving173
Folate equivalent (total)2µgN/A
We Tried 4 Ways of Making a Spicy Margarita and Our Favorite Was Super Easy
Sipping an icy cold, refreshing margarita is one of the best ways to finish the workday and ease into happy hour. Whether you like your margarita with a salted rim, served straight up, or poured over rocks, this classic drink is just as delicious as a five o’clock sipper as it is served with a bowl of chips and guacamole. And with National Margarita Day on February 22, you have the perfect excuse to grab the ingredients you need to craft this cocktail at home. (Not that you needed one.)
While endless versions of margaritas abound, The Original Margarita is made with Cointreau, tequila, and fresh lime juice. Distilled since 1849 from an aromatic and balanced blend of sweet and bitter orange peels, Cointreau is the not-too-sweet spirit that adds just the right notes of citrus and sweetness into a margarita. It’s an essential element for any home bar and can be used in countless other cocktails, including a fun riff on the classic margarita, The Spicy Margarita.
For those who like a little kick, The Spicy Margarita (recipe below) offers all the flavors you love in a margarita, plus some zing and pep from jalapeños and cilantro. These additions are easy to incorporate into the drink: Shake sliced fresh jalapeño slices and sprigs of cilantro up with the Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice, and serve over ice. But does this simple method yield the best-tasting spicy margarita? We tested a few other methods of getting spicy jalapeño heat into a margarita to find the happy hour winner.
Creative Margarita Recipes
There are few things better than a classic margarita, but if you want to put a twist on the classic, here are some fun, fruity, frosty and creative updates.
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Sip your way to a warm-weather getaway with this frosty spin on a classic margarita. Each drink calls for tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and an entire cup of frozen mango.
Passion Fruit Margaritas
Passion fruit nectar adds a tropical flavor and bright color to the classic on-the-rocks margarita.
White Christmas Margarita
Who says margaritas are just a warm-weather drink? This margarita conjures the Christmas spirit, with a snowy-white look (thanks to a touch of coconut milk), plus cranberry ice cubes for a pop of color.
A whole jalapeno adds a spark of heat to this pitcher of margaritas. In addition to classic margarita ingredients and a bit of confectioners&rsquo sugar, the drink has the surprising addition of celery leaves to cool the heat and make this the coolest, hottest drink you can shake.
Ice Cream Maker Margaritas
The secret to perfectly slushy margaritas is your ice cream maker! Chill the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice ahead of time for a quick-churned path to frosty margarita bliss.
Frozen Watermelon Margarita for Two
This frosty, vivid drink is a fun, refreshing twist on the classic frozen margarita. Sweet, juicy watermelon adds a refreshing twist to the ultra-popular classic frozen margarita. With a bold pop of color, it&rsquos the ultimate warm-weather twist on a margarita.
Who says a margarita needs to be in a glass? This clever dessert takes the elements of the classic cocktail &mdash tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice &mdash and serves it Key lime pie-style, in a graham cracker crust. Don't skip the salted lime wedge garnish!
Imagine a classic soda-fountain order, in margarita form. This sweet-tart cocktail combines cherry juice, grenadine and a lime slice with tequila and orange liqueur. Garnish it with a maraschino cherry for added flair.
Rim your margarita glasses with a mixture of coarse salt and chile powder for this pineapple-spiked take on a margarita.
Orange Blossom Margarita
Honey and orange combine for a delightful sweet spin on the classic margarita. We love how the perfume of the orange blossom water &mdash used to wet the rim of the glass &mdash mixes with the tequila, orange liqueur and lime.
Get your greens in during cocktail hour. Juice a lemon-spritzed combo of apple, romaine, cucumber and hearty greens, then add it to your tequila and orange liqueur, with a salty rim to balance the verdant flavor.
Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas
This frozen margarita gets its bright color from dried hisbiscus flowers. Use them to make a hibiscus simple syrup, then blend with classic margarita ingredients and garnish with lime.
Grapefruit juice adds a sweet-tart kick to cocktail hour. Add additional citrus flavor with a float of grapefruit soda.
Margarita Jelly Shots
This recipe turns a classic margarita into jelly shot form, thanks to a packet of gelatin, some seltzer water, plus limes, sugar, tequila and orange liqueur.
The Best Spicy Margarita Recipe Ever - Habanero Margaritas
Sweet and spicy, this fresh-squeezed refreshing favorite is my go-to cocktail for happy hours, Taco Tuesdays, pool days, or anytime I want to spice up my night. This recipe makes 2 margaritas.
- 5 oz good tequila
- ½ habanero pepper, plus extra slices for garnish
- ¼ cup Cointreau
- ¼ cup simple habanero syrup (see below for how to make)
- ½ cup fresh lime juice + lime slices for garnish
- 2 tsp Agave syrup if you like a little extra sweetness
If you have time - infuse the tequila in a mason jar or pitcher with a sliced jalapeño, with seeds, or 1/2 sliced habanero, with seeds. Set aside at room temp for 30 minutes (or longer, the longer you let the peppers infuse, the spicier it will be). You can also skip this step.
Make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine equal parts of sugar and boiling water, with 1 chopped habanero. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Make the margaritas by mixing together the tequila, habanero syrup, cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker &ndash I have this cute gold one) with some ice. Shake shake shake. Taste it to check. If you want it spicier, add a little more peppers or a little more of the simple syrup and let it it sit a little longer. If you want it sweeter, add some agave. Pour into chili salt dipped glasses filled with ice and add lime slices and peppers for garnish.
To make the Habanero Simple Syrup
- Heat 1/2 cup water over medium heat and bring it to a boil
- Add the 1/2 cup of sugar to the boiling water and the chopped habaneros
- Stir the syrup about 4 minutes
- Remove the syrup from the heat and allow to cool
- Use or store in storage container and refrigerate. This syrup keeps for up to 6 months in the refrigerator!
To make the chili salt for the margarita rims
- Combine 1 tablespoon chili powder with 1 teaspoon cayenne powder and 1 tablespoon seasalt, swipe a lime wedge on the rim of a glass and place bottom up in the mixture to coat the rim in the chili salt
To make the margaritas
- Squeeze enough limes to make 1/2 cup juice (I usually need 6 or so) - you're definitely going to want a citrus juicer to help with this part.
- Add ice to your cocktail shaker. Then add the lime juice, tequila, habanero syrup, and Cointreau to the shaker.
- Shake, shake, shake!
- Taste to check, add the agave if you like it a bit sweeter.
- Pour into chili-salt-rimmed glasses filled with ice, garnish and serve.
My tequila of choice is usually Casamigos but my all-time favorite tequila is Clase Azul
You have the option to infuse the tequila with habanero or jalapeno peppers beforehand for a little extra kick! Do this by pouring the tequila in a mason jar along with 1 chopped jalapeno pepper (and seeds) or 1 chopped habaneros (and seeds).
You can also add a splash of club soda if you like that in your margs.
Add in pineapple juice or muddled mangos for a delicious twist on this recipe to make pineapple spicy margaritas or mango habanero margaritas!
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How to customize a margarita
Here are a few ways you can customize a margarita to make the best margarita ever:
Rim: Choose from the classic salt or sugar, or make it fancy with an infused salt or infused sugar. If you go the salt route, I like this cocktail salt.
Tequila: I always recommend choosing the best liquor you can afford, but a bottle in the mid-range will be a good choice. I prefer silver, reposado or añejo — here’s a guide to picking the right tequila for you. You can even opt for mezcal for a smokier flavor. You can even infuse your tequila (like this spicy jalapeño tequila
Triple sec: Triple sec is what provides the orange-flavored undertone. More top-shelf brands like Cointreau or Grand Marnier are sure to make your margarita taste more complex than regular triple sec.
Flavor: Lime is the classic option here — preferably with fresh lime juice but sour mix works too. You can also add in any number of flavors, through fruits and juices. Don’t miss the list below for some ideas!
Sweetener: I like to use agave nectar — tequila also comes from the agave plant, so it’s a natural match-up. But a plain or flavored simple syrup also works well in a margarita.
Garnish: A lime wedge is classic, but feel free to mix it up. Use a strawberry on a strawberry marg or a slice of pineapple on a pineapple version. A sprig of herbs works too!
Our Best Margarita Recipes
Happy Hour Frozen Margarita vs. our Classic, on the Rocks
A regular happy hour frozen margarita is around 12 ounces and weighs in at 410 calories (56% coming from sugar). Our lightened version is 130 calories for a 6-ounce portion with just 14% coming from sugar.
The Cooking Light Margarita:
1 ounce premium or silver tequila, 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur, 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice. Shake with 3/4 cup ice garnish with lime.
- 2 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, halved and seeded, if desired
- 3 cups fresh orange juice
- 1 ½ cups silver tequila
- ¾ cup orange liqueur
- ⅓ cup agave nectar
- ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 ½ cups grapefruit or citrus soda
- Lime wedges
- Chili-lime salt or kosher salt
- Ice cubes
- Sliced jalapeno chile peppers and/or limes
In a 2-quart pitcher, muddle halved jalapeños with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in orange juice, tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar, and lime juice. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
When ready to serve, add grapefruit soda to the pitcher. Rub rims of margarita glasses with the lime wedge and dip in chili-lime salt. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Remove halved jalapenos from margarita mixture discard. Pour margarita mixture into prepared glasses. Garnish with sliced jalapeños and/or limes.
The Best Tequilas And Margarita Recipes To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo
Fresh fruit-infused cocktails you can easily make at home.
Americans love tequila—now, more than ever. Since 2002, volumes of the spirit have grown 158%. That’s an average climb of 6.1% year over year. In 2018 alone, according to the Distilled Spirits Council , 18.5 million 9-liter cases were sold in the US. Of course, no single holiday calls for agave spirit quite like Cinco De Mayo. The annual commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French Empire is typically observed with cocktail in hand.
Admittedly, an extended period of self-isolation doesn’t seem like the ideal time for celebration. But Neil Grosscup , CEO + Master Blender of Tanteo Tequila , offers a few creative workarounds. In New York City he launched Party in Place , a charitable margarita delivery service. For less than $7 per cocktail, you can enjoy a full margarita party delivered to your door by a local bartender. The package includes a full bottle of his liquor, artisanal mixers, garnishes and a bag of tortilla chips. For everyone else, Grosscup has this advise for the holiday:
- Have a Margarita.
- Watch a Mexican sitcom - in these difficult times of COVID-19 I would recommend the dark comedy Club de Cuervos.
- Learn some Mexican history I am reading T.R. Fehrenbach's Fire and Blood - a History of Mexico during the quarantine. Cinco De Mayo is not about Mexican Independence but about a battle in Pueblo Mexico against the invading French in the 1860's. Mexico won the battle but not the war. However, this battle might have changed the course of history and caused the confederates to win the Civil war.
A prerequisite to all of this, naturally, is a great bottle of tequila. Here are some fine examples broken down by categories of interest:
Our Chili Lime Margarita
In the end, we decided to recreate one of our favorite margaritas of all time, a Chili Lime Margarita that we had a few years back at a restaurant in Milwaukee. The margarita is no longer on the menu, which is quite a shame. But, we remember the sweet and spicy flavor well.
The thing is, the margarita we remember was a lovely rose color with a fun deep-red, chili-salted rim.
Now, if you&rsquore sitting there looking at these pictures wondering if we&rsquore blind, I assure you, we&rsquore not. That color is the tale of woe that goes along with these margaritas.
Unfortunately, during mid-winter in Wisconsin, it is impossible to find red chilis anywhere, believe me, we tried. So, we had to let go of our grand ideas of sweet red jalapenos contributing a rosy-hue, and settle for the classic lime-green. But, we weren&rsquot letting go of the chili-salted rim!
Actually, we added a bit of sugar to the rim in order to make up for the sweetness we were hoping for in the red jalapenos.
Easy Cocktail Recipes: 8 Superb Riffs On The Margarita
Chris Taylor's habanero-passionfruit margarita delivers summery vibes—with a kick.
As far as I’m concerned margarita season starts now.
Nevermind that mercury still falls consistently below 60 degrees where I am in New York City. I (and many others) are over winter—not to mention our godforsaken down coats. I’m ready for cocktails that’ll elevate my mood and jolt me out of my pandemic-enhanced cold-weather blues. And enjoying a superbly made margarita does just that and never disappoints: There’s seriously no going wrong here, especially when you consider that margaritas are relatively easy to make.
And truth be told, this gem of a cocktail needn’t be relegated to the warmer months of the year, or for beach vacations, or for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Readers, this is no seasonal drink. It’s cocktail that can delight you throughout the year. (The way a Bloody Mary or martini can.)
The El Coco Carlos—by Chas Martin and Benji Homsey—took the classic margarita and added elements of . [+] coconut and orange to make the cocktail extra refreshing.
Even in the depths of winter, my partner-cum-personal bartender concocted multiple magarita variations for me: There were smokey mezcal ones in December, honeybell-and-jalapeño margaritas in January, and even extra spicy multi-citrus ones in February.