Margaritas with a “Kick”! ¡Si, Por Favor!

Margarita with a jalapeño slices and Tajin seasoning on the rim of the glass.

Spice it up!

A cocktail, with a little heat? ¡Sí, por favor! How do Jalapeño Margaritas sound? Well, if you like a little kick, you will be saying, “muchísimas gracias”! Because as soon as you have that first sip, you’re tastebuds will be prancing! Margaritas with a “Kick” have a refreshing citrus flavor with a spicy finale! Spicy has always been my favorite addition to most dishes! That’s probably why Mexican food is one of my all time favorite foods! Even in a cocktail!

My husband, Phil is our “resident” bartender. Often at someone else’s home or party, they ask for his mixological concoctions! He never disappoints! I knew he’d have something clever to add to go with our Mexican theme dinner. So with a few ingredients, he took the basic margarita up a notch!

Time for a Fiesta

“Taco Tuesdays” are a common thing at most Mexican restaurants. And for the past several years, “Taco Tuesdays” have also been a common thing at our house! Serving Carnitas or Fish Tacos with homemade salsa? Can you think of anything better than a Margaritas with a “Kick”? This is our weekly “bebida” alongside our Tuesday “comida”! Also, since our girls are adults now, it’s so much fun when they’re home and friends join the “fiesta”. Phil makes a larger batch, so there’s plenty on hand, ready for those needing a refill!


With a few jalapeño slices floating on top or muddled in the glass, or both, the flavors will keep you going…you won’t be needing a siesta! The added coating of Tajin clinging to the lime dampened rim, adds a little salty chili-ness to that final little kick! Giving it the perfect finish! So go ahead, make a pitcher! Certainly, you’ll eat to grab some chips & salsa and get the fiesta going!

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Jalapeño Margaritas

This recipe is for one drink, but it is easy to double or triple or make a whole pitcher!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Margaritas with a kick
Servings: 1 drink
Author: Debbie


  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 1/2 ounces Margarita mix, lime based
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila, preferably a good silver/clear
  • 1/4 ounce triple sec or Grand Mariner, orange liqueur
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • ice
  • coarse salt, for rim, optional
  • Tajin®, for rim, optional


  • Thinly slice the jalapeño.
  • Dampen rim of a double old-fashioned glass by rubbing lime wedge around edge.
  • Dip rim in a dish of coarse salt or Tajin®.
  • In bottom of glass, lightly muddle a couple of jalapeño slices (or more depending on your tolerance for heat!) For less heat, keep slices whole and don't muddle.
  • Add 1/4 cup of ice to glass.
  • Add Margarita mix, tequila and triple sec and stir.
  • Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass, then add the wedge to the drink.
  • Garnish with a couple jalapeño slices.
  • ¡Salúd!


Gr8 Tip:
Tajin® is a seasoning mix that will “Add a Zing to Fruits and Veggies.”
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  1. Debbie | 3rd Dec 15

    Muddled in the glass and a few slices on top really give it the “bite”! Try it the same way but with Persian cucumbers! So light and refreshing! You’ll love it!

  2. Claudia Kerns | 23rd Nov 15

    The Kerns Family is going to jump on this recipe!! Thank you!!

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