My grandma knew how to make a mean margarita. The key: fresh lime juice. Here, I’ve adapted her classic recipe and kicked it up a notch to make them Grandma’s spicy margaritas by adding muddled jalapeño and a fresh jalapeño garnish!
My grandma had a love affair with Mexico, way before it was cool to do so. She and my grandfather spent most of their family trips toting their five kids all over the beautiful country in the 50s, 60s and 70s. After my grandfather passed away, my independent and fierce grandmother decided to move to Oaxaca, taking up residence there for a year and visiting frequently for weeks and months at a time after that residency ended.
As such, she came to know her way around a good margarita (and Mexican food, too!) and became known for serving the best ones around the town. While she’s no longer with us, her classic and delicious margarita recipe is, and you don’t have to twist my arm to whip up a batch and cheers her and her inspiration for a life well lived.
To give this recipe just the slightest twist, I’ve added some jalapeño to muddle in the tequila overnight to give it an herbaceous, spicy kick. I’m now dubbing these grandma’s spicy margaritas in her honor. If spicy margaritas aren’t your jam, just omit the jalapeños and get down with my grandma’s classic margaritas!
Grandma’s spicy margaritas bring a kick and an authentic punch to any get together!
- 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (fresh is better by 1000x)
- 1 ½ oz good tequila infused with jalapeño (see below)
- 1 ½ tablespoon simple syrup (I like to make mine with honey by dissolving honey in a little bit of water over heat until combined, but you should scale the batch so you have enough for as many drinks as you need!)
- 1 teaspoon triple sec
- Jalapeño slices and one whole jalapeño sliced lengthwise and seeded and deveined
- Kosher salt for garnish
- Depending on batch size, pour 6-9 oz of tequila in a large glass. Add the whole jalapeño slices and muddle briefly with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You can always save any tequila you don’t use
- Combine all the ingredients except the salt and taste. Add more simple syrup if you like your drinks sweeter
- To salt the rim of your glass, pour some kosher salt to cover the bottom of a plate. Cut a slit in the center of a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of your glass. Dip the glass in the salt, shaking off any extra
- Pour margarita mixture over ice in a glass and enjoy!
Keywords: margaritas, tequila, cocktails, spicy margaritas