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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 15 minutes.
Simple syrup recipes infused with different herbs or fruits are the base ingredient for many different cocktails and drinks.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy — This simple syrup is so easy to make! You only need 3 ingredients and less than 15 minutes.
- Spicy — This syrup really is spicy! It adds much more spice to your drinks compared to muddled jalapeños.
- Great for cocktails — Use this syrup to make any type of spicy cocktail, like spicy margaritas or mojitos.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Jalapeño Peppers: This recipe is made with jalapeño pepper, but you can use any spicy pepper you prefer, such as habaneros, chilis or cayenne. Keep in mind the spiciness level and flavor will vary depending on the pepper you use.
- Sugar: Sugar adds a bit of sweetness to the syrup to balance out the strong spicy flavor from the jalapeños. Use granulated sugar for this recipe.
- Water: Use filtered water to avoid any unpleasant flavors from tap water.
Here is the equipment you will need to make the jalapeño simple syrup:
- A small saucepan to make the simple syrup in.
- A strainer to remove the diced jalapeños.
- An airtight glass container to store the jalapeño simple syrup in.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Heat the diced jalapeños, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue to heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 8 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Step 2: Strain out the jalapeño chunks and any seeds. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
- Fridge: Let the syrup fully cool to room temperature. Then store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
- Freezer: Freeze the jalapeño syrup in a freezer safe container. Make sure to leave space for the syrup to expand slightly. Thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
Ways To Use Jalapeño Syrup
There are a number of creative drink recipes to use this jalapeño infused syrup. Here are some ideas:
- Margaritas: This is probably the most popular type of spicy cocktail. Try this spicy mango jalapeño margarita or this spicy margarita mocktail.
- 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: To make a spicy moscow mule, add in ½ oz of jalapeño syrup per cocktail and adjust as needed.
- Lemonade & Limeade: Jalapeño lemonade or jalapeño limeade are tasty drinks that are perfect for summer. Add 1 tablespoon of syrup per glass to give your drink a slightly spicy kick.
- 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.
- Don’t boil the syrup. Boiling the syrup can cause the syrup to become too thick. The syrup should have the consistency of water.
Very! You only need a little bit to flavor each cocktail. When making your own creations, start with a small amount, taste and adjust from there.
No. You don’t have to remove the seeds when making this syrup — just make sure you strain them all out when you remove the jalapeño chunks.