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March 2, 2023
In honor of Cinco de Mayo celebrations across the US, I’m excited to share this spicy strawberry jalapeño margarita recipe with an unexpected twist: strawberry jam! I’ve never really been a huge tequila person (blame all those shots in college!), but I have finally been able to get back on the margarita train. Tequila is known as the only spirit that is not a depressant, so it’s attractive in that sense–especially when you’re 30+. A few years ago, I learned how easy margaritas are to make and it’s been one of my go-to’s for gatherings ever since. All you need is tequila, lime, agave, and water.
When I’m not in a traditional margarita mood, I like to switch it up with either a strawberry margarita on the rocks or a spicy jalapeño margarita. But what about combining the two?! I tried it recently and I have to say, I’m hooked! There are a few variations you can make to this recipe depending on how sweet or spicy you want it. Obviously, you can add more jalapeños (and/or cayenne!) for more spice, but if you want to scale back on the sweetness, use just a touch of agave with the strawberry slices in place of the jam.
One thing I really dislike about jalapeño margaritas is all the seeds you suck up when drinking through a straw! So I avoid that in my recipe by not muddling the jalapeño slices. Same goes for the strawberries. There’s nothing worse than a chunk of fruit ruining a margarita! So for my recipe, I add the slices for some flavor without the unpleasant muddling. For the rim garnish, I like to use a mix of salt and cayenne. Not only does it kick up the spice, but it adds some color! So let’s get to it. Here is my Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita recipe!
Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita
- 1 cocktail shaker
- 2.5 oz tequila
- 1.5 oz water
- 1/2 lime, squeezed
- 1 tsp strawberry jam
- 1 strawberry, sliced for garnish
- 1 jalapeño, sliced for garnish
- 1 tsp salt & cayenne mixture (or rim garnish of choice)
- Prepare rim & glass with garnish of choice. Fill with ice.
- Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker.
- Shake and pour over ice. Enjoy!
This will be enjoyed all weekend long as my family and I lounge at the lake and celebrate my cousin’s birthday. Can’t wait to share with everyone!
Would you try this Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.