Spicy Orange Muddled Margarita Recipe
I love margaritas and I especially love muddled margaritas. Muddling the fruit all the flavor of both the juice and the zest.
Just make sure you thoroughly clean your citrus and other fruit you plan to muddle.
The best Margaritas use fresh everything – fruit, lime + quality tequila, and good orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
This recipe adds a little muddled orange and jalapeno.
Simple, easy, stress-free.
Tips to Make Perfect Muddled 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 Make Sure You Wash the Fruit
You’ll want to make sure you’ve thoroughly washed and dried the fruit before using it in your cocktail.
#4 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.
# 5 Use a Wood Muddler
#6 Don’t over Muddle
Over muddling your fruits and herbs can release bitter chemicals, so muddle just enough to release the juices and oils. A couple of turns should be enough.
Let’s make a Spicy Orange Muddled Margaritas!
This will make two cocktails, to make a pitcher just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate. Simple, right?
Spicy Orange Muddled Margarita Recipe
- 4 oz Reposado or Anejo tequila
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- 1/2 lime - cut into 4 wedges
- 1/2 orange - cut into 8 wedges
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 2 slices jalapeno - thinly sliced and seeded or candied jalapenos
- 1/2 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
- In a pint glass muddle 1/2 an orange, lime with orange bitters, add simple syrup, and lime juice
- Transfer all ingredients to a large cocktail shaker filled with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and orange juice.
- Shake until very cold.
- Add the jalapenos, for a milder flavor try using candied jalapenos. The recipe is in the notes section.
- 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.
To make a pitcher
- To make a pitcher add all ingredients to a pitcher filled with ice and stir vigorously.
- Once well-chilled remove ice so it doesn't dilute your cocktail before serving
- Serve over ice
TO MAKE CANDIED JALAPENOS
Slice jalapenos into rounds.
Remove seeds, wear gloves when working with hot peppers.
Place jalapenos in a small saucepan.
Add water and sugar.
Cook over medium/high heat until boiling.
Reduce temperature and simmer for 30 - 40 minutes until the liquid has reduced and is syrupy, stirring occasionally.
Use immediately or let cool to room temperature then place in jar and store in the refrigerator.
Stored in the refrigerator they will keep for about a week.
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