It’s February and I want a… margarita.

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Technically I always want a margarita since it IS my favorite cocktail, but in the heart of this chilly winter, you’d think I would want something warm. Even though the weather these days is quite indecisive, you know with snow and ice followed by 60 degree days and sun that makes you feel like it’s May. It’s absolutely the season of oh-it’s-cold-so-wear-a-puffy-coat-then-get-in-your-car-and-have-a-heat-meltdown-and-strip-while-blasting-the-AC-as-high-as-it-can-go.

Just me? It’s also the season of even-though-it’s-18-degrees-out-I’m-still-wearing-flip-flops-to-yoga-because-I’m-just-taking-them-off-anyway. Followed by the season of I’d-rather-attempt-to-break-my-arms-and-carry-24-grocery-bags-at-once-than-make-a-second-trip-to-my-car-to-unload-them.

I don’t think that last one has an actual season since it happens all the time, and more so just has something to do with being a ridiculous millennial, which I can say because I am one.

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Anyway, this is sorta warm. Like hot warm. Spicy warm?

How about this weekend you make some jalapeño-infused tequila? I first had a jalapeño margarita last summer but a few weeks ago at brunch (stop judging) I had some jalapeño tequila and loved it. Which is HUGE, considering I am the most gigantic baby in the world and ask for my Thai food to be at a spice level of “two.”

I am also a pretty big margarita snob – please don’t ever mention the words “sours mix” in my presence or do something with Triple Sec – but this sort of cheapo silver tequila does the trick for me and doesn’t break the bank. When it comes to the peppers, I soaked the stuff for one day but removed the seeds before adding the slices to my actual drink. See? Giant baby. That move is up to you but if you’re in the business of burning your mouth off, go for it. More power to you.

Just maybe don’t kiss anyone or lick anything? Cool.

Mango Jalapeño Margaritas I

Oh and do you know what is worse than rubbing your eyes after touching jalapeños? Rubbing your eyes after touching jalapeños and tequila. I’m going to go crawl in a hole and die now.

Mango Jalapeño Margaritas I


Mango Jalapeño Margaritas

Yield: for one margarita, can easily be multiplied


2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces jalapeño tequila
2 ounces lime juice
2 1/2 ounces mango simple syrup
1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced
salt for the rim
lime wedges


For jalapeño tequila: add 2 sliced jalapeños to a large jar or container and cover with 1 1/2 cups of tequila. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain before using. Keep in a sealed container for a few weeks, preferably in the fridge.

For mango simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water (I suggest 1 cup of each), bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely. Combine 1 cup simple syrup + 1/2 mango (peeled and cubed) in a blender and blend until combined.

To make the margaritas, rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices. I also took a few of the jalapeños from the tequila and removed the seeds, then toss them in the margarita.

[adapted from my strawberry margaritas]

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This is so Friday. Right?

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132 Responses to “Mango Jalapeño Margaritas.”

  1. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — February 23, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    I rubbed my eyer two days ago while making harissa. These margaritas would´ve been a nice way of distracting myself!


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    Fi — February 23, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

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  3. #
    Colette — February 23, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    Fresh ‘penos and mango…what a Rita!


  4. #
    AtoZiti - Sarah — February 23, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Holy balls… Yes, please.


  5. #
    Líse — February 23, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    I’m a 26-year-old Irish woman and I think you might be my soulmate. Don’t tell my boyfriend.


  6. #
    Heide M. — February 24, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Wish I had a sip of this.


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    Alyssa — February 24, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Hello Jessica! I’m having a magazine giveaway on my blog if you’re interested!

    Hope you’ll stop by!


  8. #
    Bellenza Bistro — February 24, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    I’m a little wary of the jalapenos…but I’m sure this is as delicious as it looks!


  9. #
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — February 25, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    I ALWAYS forget to wash my hands after cutting jalapenos. I die everytime. These look very refresing and perfect for a I want it to be summer attitude. :-)


  10. #
    Heidi — February 25, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    Can I just say OMG these look insanely fabulous. That’s it. Carry On ;)


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    Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — February 25, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    This sounds to die for. Very similar to a drink I’m trying to recreate (sacsayhuaman) from a great restaurant called Andina in PDX. I’ve had the hardest time trying to find a store that sells habanero pepper vodka, but this sounds like a great way to make it. I can’t wait try this drink, too!


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    Cori — February 26, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    I just found your site today, and I have to say it’s totally awesome.

    But what spurred me to comment was, your I’d-rather-attempt-to-break-my-arms-and-carry-24-grocery-bags-at-once-than-make-a-second-trip-to-my-car-to-unload-them season. So freakin’ hilarious because I do the exact same thing. Long live millennials!!

    BTW, I’ve never had a good margarita (Chili’s anyone?) but I’m SO going to try this one!


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    Kiran @ — February 26, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Spicy and sweet deliciousness?! Need this margarita in my life. Now :)


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    Holiday Baker Man — February 26, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    Spicy little devils!


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    The Junk Drunk — February 26, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    Yum! We just made blood orange jalapeno margaritas for National Margarita Day.


  16. #
    Chrissy — February 27, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    This is going to be necessary post work on Friday. Love the spicy mango flavor!


  17. #
    Holly — March 1, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    i made these last weekend for my boyfriend & i’s happy hour and we LOVED them! i normally hate all forms of spice but these were deeeeelicious and kept me warm in a burning-your-mouth-a-little-bit way. i used the leftover mango simple syrup for smoothies this week which was great though i could’ve eaten it by the spoonful. i used the leftover tequila for… times when i was home alone and bored. thank you!! x


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    Heather K. — May 15, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    My husband & I had these for the first time last night and LOVED them! We used frozen mangoes because that’s what we had, and we also let the jalapenos stay in the tequila for a few days in the fridge instead of just overnight…mainly just because we didn’t get around to straining it! I don’t know if that made a difference or not, but we like spicy stuff so we didn’t mind it extra hot. We will be making these again and again. Thanks!!


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    Beth — June 17, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Presumably you got this receipe from the voli website….pictures are ironiclly the exact same….


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    Seestor — June 21, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    Try muddling with cilantro at the start.
    Think aout a habenero simple syrup with regular silver tequila……….


  28. #
    78 — October 21, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Oh Yeah Jessica! I’m all about the Ritas!


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    kelly2k — May 2, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

    YUM & YES!!!!


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    Marie — May 4, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    Oh. My. God. Just made these for my husband and myself (because Cinco de Mayo of course) and we pretty much died, they were so good. Like I love them so much I hate them. Self control might have just gone out the door. Best margaritas I’ve ever had (and believe me when I say I’ve had my fair share). I think I will just have to be always infusing my own liquor with awesomeness.



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