Spicy Classic Margarita Recipe
This is a great twist on the classic margarita. Just a little heat changes the complexity of this all-time favorite classic.
The best Margaritas use fresh everything – fruit, lime + quality tequila, and good orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
Simple, easy, stress-free.
Tips to Make Perfect Margaritas
#1 Use Good Tequila
For the best results use a high-quality tequila, made with 100 percent agave. High quality doesn’t need to be expensive. There are a lot of tequilas on the market today, check reviews, and ask for recommendations from the liquor store staff.
#2 Use Fresh Lime Juice
For me, there’s nothing better than a perfectly mixed margarita. And fresh lime juice is part of my must-have ingredients. Grab a bag of lime and a low priced juicer – I bought one on Amazon for under $20.
I save single-serve glass juice bottles and use those to store my fresh squeezed lime juice. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. If I don’t use it all during the week, I’ll stick it in the freezer and freeze until I need it again.
#3 Use High-Quality Triple Sec
Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. And as the popularity of drinks that use Triple Sec grew, so did the number of cheap, way too sweet options. My bar is stocked with Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and something blue to make my signature mermaid + tiki drinks! In the blue department, I like Drillaud Blue Curacao (inexpensive), Giffard Blue Curacao, or Senior “The Genuine” Blue Curacao. I can work with Bols Blue Curacao if it’s all I can find. Skip the really inexpensive like Dekuyper, unless you really want sweet.
You want to look for a Triple Sec that is 78 – 80 poof. Lower alcohol usually means sweeter and lower quality.
So let’s make a Spicy Classic Margaritas!
This will make two cocktails, to make a pitcher just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate. Simple, right?
Spicy Classic Margarita Recipe
- 4 oz 100 % agave tequila
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- 2 slices jalepeno - thinnly sliced and seeded
- 1 oz of agave syrup or simple syrup
- 1 lime - sliced for the garnish
- 1 lime - cut into wedges to wet the rim for the salt
- 2 T clear rimming sugar - or other large crystal sugar
- 1 t chipotle chili powder - or other spicy chili powder
To Make 2 Cocktails
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold.
- To make a pitcher add all ingredients to a pitcher filled with ice and stir vigorously.
- Mix sugar and chili powder on a plate
- rub the rims glasses with a lime wedge and dip in salt to coat
- Serve the margaritas in the prepared glasses over ice and garnish with the lime slices.
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