This reduced-sugar jalapeño margarita is a drink with a kick! We sweeten this zippy cocktail with fresh orange juice and just a touch of simple syrup steeped with slices of jalapeño. If you like the heat, add more chile slices to the sugar mixture.

Pam Lolley
Source:, February 2020


Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar, water and jalapeño slices in a small saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and let the jalapeño mixture stand for 20 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a small container; discard solids.

  • Combine the jalapeño simple syrup, tequila, lime juice and orange juice in a pitcher; refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Pour into ice-filled rocks glasses; garnish with a jalapeño slice, if desired and serve immediately.


To make ahead: Make syrup (Step 1); cover and refrigerate for up to 7 days.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 15.5g 5% DV; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 14.2g; fatg; saturated fatg; vitamin a iu 48IU 1% DV; vitamin c 13.3mg 22% DV; folate 6.4mcg 2% DV; calcium 4.5mg 1% DV; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 3.2mg 1% DV; potassium 52.4mg 2% DV; sodium 1.6mg; thiaminmg 2% DV; added sugar 13g.