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  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x


This sweet and spicy cocktail is a delightful surprise on your tongue.  Sweet guava juice, the flavors of orange and lime, and a spicy, citrus jalapeno simple syrup make a delicious margarita with the heat of jalapeno.  It’s perfect for a warm summer evening.



For the citrus / jalapeno simple syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large jalapeno peppers, sliced thinly
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Zest of ½ an orange

For the rim:

For the margaritas:

  • 3 ounces Silver Tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces citrus / jalapeno simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces guava juice
  • Lime slices and jalapeno slices for garnish


Make the syrup:

In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the sugar and water.  Bring to a full, rolling boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  When the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the pot from the heat.

Stir in the jalapeno slices, lime zest, and orange zest.  Cover and allow to steep for at least 1 hour.  The longer the mixture sits, the stronger the flavor and heat.

Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the syrup into an airtight container, like a Mason jar, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Meanwhile, make your rimming mixture:

In a shallow dish, combine the margarita salt, sugar, and chili powder.  Mix till well combined.  Set aside.

To assemble the cocktail:

Rim your margarita glasses with a slice of lime and turn upside down into the salt, sugar, and chili powder mixture.  Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients.  Fill the shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker is icy cold.

Strain into the glasses.

Garnish with a lime slice and a slice of jalapeno, if desired.

  • Category: Starters-Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Keywords: sweet and spicy cocktails, margaritas, cocktail hour, fruity cocktails, Cinco De Mayo, jalapeno cocktails