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Cocktail Hour | Jalapeno Infused Tequila Margarita

02.22.16

In celebration of National Margarita Day we are spicing things up with a jalapeño infused tequila margarita that will really heat things up.

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

A holiday I’m surely game for celebrating is National Margarita Day! This comes at the perfect time since we’ve recently perfected our jalapeño infused tequila margarita that will really spice things up. This cocktail has quickly become one of our go-to happy hour drinks as we like to enjoy it out on the back patio with a heaping bowl of chips and guacamole.

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

We have our neighbors, Randy & Soraya, to thank for introducing us to the idea of infusing tequila with a handful of jalapeños. When Randy first offered me one of his signature jalapeño margaritas, I wasn’t too quick to raise my hand considering that I have a pretty mild tolerance for spicy things. I have come a long way from the black pepper that I called “spice” in my Wisconsin days, but I’m still not keen on burning lips and an uncomfortable scorching of heat down my throat.

Upon his insistence, I let him pour me the margarita and I absolutely loved it! There was just a hint of spice on the back of your throat but overall the margarita was quite refreshing. Fast forward 4 margaritas later and Sean and I were planning a trip to Costco the next day to buy a bottle of Anejo Tequila and a bunch of jalapeños.

We immediately got to marinating our first bottle of jalapeño infused tequila. We were diligent about shaking the bottle once every day and let it sit for about 4 days total. In general, when it comes to making cocktails in our house, we often don’t buy any pre-made mix and opt for using fresh ingredients when possible. We decided to use our tried & true cocktail recipe for similar fresh citrus margaritas and just used fresh lime juice and agave syrup. The results were spicy, but seriously delicious. The girl who can’t handle spice was hooked.

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

How to Make a Jalapeño Infused Tequila Margarita | Modish and Main

At any given point, we most likely have a bottle of jalapeño tequila infusing in the outside fridge and it’s quickly become our social cocktail. We’ve made it for family back in Wisconsin and just recently brought it to a friend’s backyard cookout where everyone loved it. Just be aware that the longer you let it infuse, the spicier it will be! Also, we have noticed that the bottom of each tequila bottle is considerably spicier and I often have to add a bit more lime and agave to cool it down a bit or I’m left with a burning sensation on my lips.

Jalapeno Infused Tequila Margarita

Jalapeno Infused Tequila Margarita

Spice things up with homemade jalapeño infused tequila and make delicious, refreshing jalapeño margaritas that'll really have you sweating.

Ingredients

  • 10-12 large jalapeños
  • 1 liter anejo tequila
  • 8-10 limes
  • 1 tsp agave syrup

Instructions

  1. To create Jalapeño Infused Tequila:
  2. Slice 10 large jalapeños into long strips. Pour out 1 cup of tequila, set aside, and place the jalapeños in the tequila bottle.
  3. Store in fridge and shake once a day for 4-7 days (depending on when you plan on drinking it).
  4. Once infused, pour tequila into a tall glass bottle with a stopper using a funnel. Store in fridge and toss saturated jalapeños.
  5. Note — the longer the jalapeños marinate in the tequila, the spicier it will be.
  6. To create Jalapeno Infused Tequila Margarita:
  7. In a cocktail shaker, add 3oz of jalapeño tequila, 1 tsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice. Shake.
  8. Pour contents into a glass of choice and garnish with a lime.
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Cheers to #NationalMargaritaDay!

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4 comments on “Cocktail Hour | Jalapeno Infused Tequila Margarita”

  1. This looks outstanding! My hubby was all over it when I showed him your facebook photo. We love anything spicy. Your photos Kristin are just stunning, straight out of a magazine, you should look into going into that field! Photography is your thing and making delicious recipes of course!! XOXO

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

    1. Trust me, infusing the tequila for 4+ days is so worth how good this margarita is. We just started another batch on Monday so we’re ready for the weekend.

      And thank you for the photography love! It really has became my passion & I’m working hard at getting better at it so that means a lot!! xoxo

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