Jalapeño Margaritas


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.

margarita in a cocktail glass garnished with jalapeno slices and citrus slices
Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
8 margaritas


  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • 4 to 6 slices jalapeño pepper, plus more for garnish

  • 2 cups blanco tequila

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • Ice cubes for serving


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

188 Calories
16g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Added Sugars 13g 26%
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 48IU 1%
Vitamin C 13mg 15%
Folate 6mcg 2%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 52mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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