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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.

Source: EatingWell.com, 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

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