Spicy Margaritas

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Camping during the summer calls for easy drinks. And while nothing is easier than cracking open a nice cold beer, there is always room for upping your game just a little bit. Enter the spicy margarita…a margarita with a spicy twist.

Spicy margaritas are one of the easiest, most refreshing summer campfire drinks to make – all the prep except the final mix can be done at home. And honestly, you could do all the mixing at home, but it’s nice to leave the last step for the campsite so that you can customize how much tequila goes into each individual drink.

If you like a little bit of kick with your booze, then this is what you need to bring on your next camping trip. Pair it with pie iron tacos for the perfect Mexican themed camp dinner.

Spicy Margaritas

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 medium limes or lime juice (unsweetened) + extra for garnish
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 12 oz of your favorite tequila (gold or silver work great)
  • salt for the rim (if you’re fancy)

Spicy Margaritas

Extra Equipment Needed at the Campsite:

  • shot glass (or other way to measure liquids)
  • ice
  • cup for serving

Before You Leave Home

The beauty of this recipe is that all of the prep is done at home. Your only job at the campsite is to combine the lime mixture with the tequila and enjoy!

Step 1 – Make Jalapeno Simple Syrup

Trim the top of your jalapeno off. Cut your jalapeno in half lengthwise. If you like it spicy, leave the seeds inside the halves. If you prefer a milder zing, remove the inside and seeds of the jalapeno.

Spicy Margaritas

Place the sugar, water, and sliced jalapeno in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for approximately 10-12 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when your mixture thickens up into a syrup like consistency.

Spicy Margaritas

Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Carefully (it’ll be hot) strain out the pepper and seeds from the syrup mixture. Allow to cool and then refrigerate.

This jalapeno simple syrup will keep in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

This simple syrup can be used for more than just this recipe…use it to make spicy sweet tea, jalapeno mojitos, even spicy limeade or lemonade. You can use it anywhere you would normally use regular simple syrup.

Step 2 – Juice and Cut Limes

If you bought lime juice – skip this step. But if you like your lime juice very fresh, cut your limes in half and use a juicer (manual or electric) to squeeze as much juice from each half as possible. Store in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator. The sooner you use freshly squeezed lime juice the better as the flavor deteriorates the longer you take to use it.

Spicy Margaritas

If you also enjoy a lime garnish with your margarita – cut 1 lime into small wedges to use as a garnish at the campsite. Place these in a small plastic zip top bag in the refrigerator until your trip.

Step 3 – Create Margarita Mixture

To make your campsite prep as easy as possible, combine your lime juice and jalapeno simple syrup in equal parts. Do this a night or two before your camping trip and shake thoroughly to combine. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

Spicy Margaritas

Making Your Spicy Margarita at the Campsite

The best part about these margaritas is that all you have to do at the campsite is combine the tequila with the margarita mixture and shake or stir. Start with 1 part tequila to 2 parts mixture and add tequila to taste from there.

These taste best served over ice so they’re really cold. If you plan to make these on your next trip, it’d be easy to include a small zip top plastic bag of ice in your cooler that is reserved for drinks.

Spicy Margaritas

If ice isn’t possible, just keep the tequila and the mixture in your cooler so it’s cold. Add a wedge of lime for garnish if you like, but they’ll taste great with or without it.

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Spicy Margaritas
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 


Course: Drinks
Servings: 6
Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 6-8 medium limes or lime juice (unsweetened) + extra for garnish
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 Cup water
  • 12 oz of your favorite tequila (gold or silver work great)
  • salt for the rim (optional)
Extra Equipment Needed at the Campsite
  • shot glass (or other way to measure liquid)
  • ice
  • cup for serving
Instructions
Step 1 - Make Jalapeno Simple Syrup
  1. Trim off top of jalapeno and cut in half lengthwise.

  2. Place sugar, water, and sliced jalapeno in a pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 12 minutes.

  4. Strain pepper and seeds from mixture. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Step 2 - Juice and Cut Limes
  1. Cut limes in half and squeeze as much juice from them as possible.

  2. If using lime for garnish, cut one lime into wedges.

  3. Refrigerate lime juice and wedges until ready to use.

Step 3 - Create Margarita Mixture
  1. Combine lime juice and jalapeno simple syrup in equal parts (1:1).

  2. Do this 2-24 hours in advance of serving to allow flavors to meld. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 4 - Mix and Enjoy
  1. Combine 2 parts margarita mixture to 1 part tequila (add more tequila to taste).

  2. Pour over ice and enjoy!

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