This intensely powerful, spicy jalapeño simple syrup is the best way to add spiciness to any cocktail or drink. Made with jalapeño peppers, sugar and water. It is easy to make in less than 20 minutes.
Ways to use:
Unlike some other fruit flavored simple syrups, such as this blueberry simple syrup or strawberry simple syrup, the uses of jalapeño syrup are slightly more limited to drinks. (Jalapeno syrup on your waffles or in your yogurt sounds kind of gross..). However, there are still a ton of different and creative drinks you can use this in to make a spicy cocktail.
- Margaritas: This is probably the most popular type of spicy cocktail, and easiest one to find recipes for. Make a regular spicy classic margarita, or try a spicy fruit flavored variation, such as a spicy mango margarita or spicy strawberry margarita.
- Spicy Mojito: Replace the sugar in a regular mojito cocktail with 1-2 tablespoons of this jalapeño simple syrup for a fiery, minty drink.
- Spicy Moscow Mule: This is another classic cocktail that works great as a jalapeño version. Use the syrup in a regular moscow mule, or add in other flavors, such strawberry, peach or grapefruit as well for a spicy and fruity moscow mule.
- Lemonade & Limeade: Jalapeño lemonade or jalapeño limeade are actually surprisingly tasty drinks. Add 1 tablespoon of syrup per glass to give it a slightly spicy kick.
- Jalapeño peppers: Don’t reduce the amount of jalapenos used in this recipe. It may seem like a lot proportional to the amount of sugar and water, but this is to make a concentrated, powerful jalapeño flavor. The syrup will become diluted when you add it to your drink, and you don’t want it to be too watered down.
- Sugar: Only use granulated sugar for this recipe. Brown sugar won’t go as well and will alter the taste. In addition to adding spice to your cocktails, this syrup will also add a bit of sweetness.
- Water: Water helps give the syrup the right consistency, and lets the jalapeno flavor fully infuse.
- Let it simmer. When you are making plain simple syrup, it is ok to stop heating the syrup after the sugar has dissolved. However, it is important to let this one simmer for longer so the jalapeño flavor has time to fully infuse.
- Don’t remove the seeds. Normally recipes call for removing seeds when cooking with jalapeños because they are too spicy. But for this recipe, we want as much spice as possible. So make the syrup with the seeds and separate them out at the end.
- Use habaneros instead for even more spice. This jalapeno syrup is spicier than you think it will be, but if you are looking for an even more intense and powerful syrup, you can use habaneros instead. Use cautiously! Habaneros are much hotter than jalapeños.
- Store the syrup in the fridge. Store the syrup in an airtight glass jar in the fridge to make sure it stays fresh. It can last for several weeks in the fridge before going bad.