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This Mango Jalapeño Margarita is a tropical margarita with a spicy jalapeño kick. Made with a homemade jalapeño simple syrup, this drink is the perfect complement to any Mexican dish.
This spicy mango margarita is made with a Homemade Jalapeño Syrup which is a great addition to many cocktails for some spice, such as in this Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita, this Pineapple Mezcal Cocktail or this Spicy Margarita Mocktail.
If you want a non-spicy mango margarita, try this Mango Margarita On The Rocks.
For other flavorful & fruity margaritas, try this Watermelon Margarita, this Guava Margarita or this Blueberry Lemonade Margarita. Want even more margaritas? Try making one of these Cinco de Mayo Margaritas.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Homemade Spicy Syrup — The star ingredient in this recipe is the spicy jalapeño syrup which is made from real jalapeños. You can adjust how spicy you want the cocktail to be based on how much syrup you add.
- Great For Taco Night — These spicy mango margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish (especially tacos!).
- Easy For Beginners — Even though this margarita recipe requires a bit more work (making the spicy syrup), it is approachable for beginners and has clear instructions so you won’t make a mistake.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Mango Nectar: This recipe uses mango nectar so it is easy to make year-round. However, if mangos are in season, you can use a juicer to make fresh mango juice instead. For a mango substitute, pineapple juice is a great option.
- Jalapeños: Jalapeños are used to make the spicy syrup. You can use habaneros instead, but habaneros are much spicier than jalapeños, so you may need to reduce the amount of syrup you add to your cocktail.
- Tequila: Use a blanco, 100% agave tequila for this margarita. Jose Cuervo or Espolón are great options.
- Lime Juice: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice for margarita recipes.
- Cointreau: Cointreau is an orange liqueur that is often found in margarita recipes. You can use Triple Sec or Grand Marnier as a substitute.
- Water & Sugar: Water and granulated sugar are used to make the spicy simple syrup.
- Tajin: Tajin seasoning is used to line the rim of this margarita glass instead of salt for a bit more spice. If you prefer, you can use regular margarita salt instead.
How To Make A Spicy Mango Jalapeño Margarita
Step 1: Heat the jalapeños, water and sugar together in a saucepan for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.
Step 2: Remove the syrup from the stove, strain out the jalapeño chunks and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Run a wedge of lime around the rim of a margarita glass and dip the edge into tajin seasoning.
Step 4: Add the mango nectar, tequila, lime juice, jalapeño syrup and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain.
- Don’t let the spicy syrup boil. When heating the syrup ingredients together on the stove top, adjust the temperature as needed to prevent the syrup from boiling. Boiling the syrup can result in a thick, sticky simple syrup that doesn’t dissolve well in drinks.
- Make it a frozen spicy mango margarita. This makes a great blended drink. For a frozen margarita, blend all the ingredients together with a handful of ice (or some frozen mango chunks) until you get a slushy consistency.
- Adjust the spiciness level. The spiciness of your syrup can vary batch to batch. If needed, add more or less syrup to get the level of spiciness you prefer. To sweeten up an overly spicy cocktail, add in a dash of regular simple syrup.
No. You can leave in the jalapeño seeds while making the syrup and remove them when you are straining out the jalapeño chunks.
Yes. For a mocktail, leave out the tequila and Cointreau. Reduce the spicy syrup to half or add in an extra couple ounces of mango nectar. You can also try this Spicy Margarita Mocktail for a non-alcoholic spicy margarita recipe.