This skinny jalapeno margarita is simply made with lime juice, silver tequila, honey, and some jalapeno + cilantro. This almost-good-for you combo will please even the most discerning margarita lover (think: the BEST skinny margarita!).

two margarita glasses filled with a fresh jalapeno and lime margaritas and garnished with a salt rim, limes, and cilantro

It’s official, folks. Summertime is upon us! Because it’s been a while, we should probably recap how summer works:

Summer’s obligation to us: provide sunshine, chirping birds, warm cars to enjoy upon exit from chilly buildings, minimal mosquitoes, and countless excuses to throw parties of 1 to 100.

Our obligation to summer: find a completely engrossing book, spend as many days as possible relaxing poolside and feeling confident in our bodies, eat only the best BBQ, and find/make/share a knock-your-socks-off margarita.

While I can’t help with all the above, I CAN provide book inspiration in that I’m planning to read Girl on the Train, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Ajax Penumbra 1969 (a prequel to the WONDERFUL book Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store) this summer. If you want to join my entirely unofficial Fed+Fit Book-Club, follow me on Instagram! We can dish over our thoughts on these summer reads.

Books aside, I can ALSO aid in your search for a knock-your-socks-off margarita by sharing the very best jalapeno margarita recipe in the whole wide world! It’s the very best and it’s almost good for you.

Important note of qualification: as a Garcia by birth and resident of San Antonio, TX with a picky palate for only the best ingredients that actually jive WITH my healthy body (vs. make me feel like crap), I am actually the foremost authority on tasty-delicious, almost-good-for-you margaritas.

two margarita glasses filled with a fresh jalapeno and lime margaritas and garnished with a salt rim, limes, and cilantro

Jalapeno Margarita Recipe Ingredients

This masterpiece of a cocktail is made possible by a small, but powerful list of ingredients: FRESH lime juice, silver tequila, honey, and some jalapeno + cilantro. The cilantro is optional for anyone who thinks cilantro tastes like soap. I’d never ask you to put soap in your margarita.

  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey
  • 4 fluid ounces of tequila
  • 4 fluid ounces of fresh lime juice
  • Half of a large jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 sprigs of cilantro
two margarita glasses filled with a fresh jalapeno and lime margaritas and garnished with a salt rim, limes, and cilantro

How to Make a Spicy Jalapeno Margarita

This part is just as simple as the ingredient list thanks to a few tips, tricks, and handy tools that I have up my sleeve (note: don’t actually carry the handy tools up your sleeve…that’s weird!) Here’s how I make this drink so that I can get poolside ASAP:

  1. Muddle the Jalapeno – in the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the jalapeno slices (tip: use THIS grapefruit spoon (handy tool #1) for easy jalapeno seed removal) with the lime juice (handy tool #2 – THIS citrus juicer!) 10-12 presses with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon will do!
  2. Add the Tequila + Honey – add the tequila and honey, stir to combine thoroughly – or until all the honey is dissolved.
  3. Dress the Rim with Sea Salt – pour the sea salt in the bottom of a small bowl. Dip the top of each glass in the margarita mixture, let it drain off, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt. Gently tap the glass with your hand to knock off any excess.
  4. Pour, Garnish, and Enjoy – Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in the margarita mix, then garnish with fresh lime and cilantro, and ENJOY!
two margarita glasses filled with a fresh jalapeno and lime margaritas and garnished with a salt rim, limes, and cilantro

That’s it! The cat is officially out of the bag. You know the key to my heart: good summer reads and a fresh lime jalapeno margarita. You can find me sitting poolside while I laugh and cry out loud to my books (I’m that girl who can’t bottle book emotions) and asking the bartender if he can sweeten my margarita with honey instead of syrup.

If you’re interested in hearing more of my thoughts on alcohol, how it’s made, how it’s processed, how to best prepare your body for a drink, and how I personally indulge, check out Episode 22 (Alcohol 101) of the Fed+Fit Podcast! I promise I only geek out over the science 7 times.

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What’s the difference between a skinny margarita and a regular one?

So, what makes this jalapeno margarita ‘almost-good-for-you’ or ‘skinny’?! Instead of using a sugar-laden sweet and sour mix, we’re combining SIMPLE, good-for-you ingredients to make this poolside cocktail. Best part? *This* is how margaritas are authentically made – fresh lime juice gets the job done like no sweet and sour mix could ever do! Honey, though still a sugar, actually promotes our health rather than making us feel sluggish and icky the next day. Essentially, this skinny margarita recipe is the best of both worlds: authentic + better-for-you!

How long does it take to infuse tequila with jalapeno?

Infusing tequila with jalapeno actually takes 2-3 days (or up to a week), but because we wanted this recipe to be simple and fuss-free, we opted for muddling the jalapeno in the bottom of the pitcher and adding the other ingredients to it rather than infusing the tequila with it. That means that your margarita takes 10 minutes (rather than several days) to make!

What can I use instead of Triple Sec in a margarita?

There actually isn’t any Triple Sec in this margarita! While many classic recipes include Triple Sec, you actually don’t have to use it. The flavors of the lime, jalapeno, and honey are big and bold enough here to really flavor (and slightly sweeten) the margarita all on their own!

How do you spice up a margarita?

While this margarita does include jalapeno, because it’s deseeded, it really isn’t all that spicy. It’s bold, super flavorful, and just has a little kick of spice. If you’d like to take the spice level up a notch, feel free to leave the seeds in the jalapeno rather than removing them.

Fresh Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

4.78 — Votes 44 votes
By Cassy
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
These refreshing jalapeno margaritas are the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, with a slightly spicy kick!

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 large green jalapeno pepper de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces silver tequila 1/2 cup
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey sweeten to your liking
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 lime wedges for garnish
  • 2 sprigs cilantro for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a pitcher, muddle the jalapeno slices with the lime juice. 10-12 presses with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon will do!
  • Add the tequila and honey, stir to combine thoroughly – or until all the honey is dissolved.
  • Pour the sea salt in the bottom of a small bowl. Dip the top of each glass in the margarita mixture, let it drain off, then press the top of the glass into the bowl of salt. Gently tap the glass with your hand to knock off any excess.
  • Fill each glass with fresh ice and pour in the margarita mix.
  • Garnish with the fresh lime and cilantro.
  • ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

  • For a less strong margarita – you can top off your drink with sparkling water like topo chico.
  • For a slightly spicy margarita, remove the seeds from the jalapeno. For a spicier option, muddle the seeds then strain them out.
  • You can also use agave in place of the honey to sweeten this recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2.7mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 18.6g

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 210
Keyword: honey, jalapeno, margarita, spicy

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.


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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing taste! I was worried it would be too strong and lime-y with nothing much to cut the lime juice and I was so wrong. It was DELICIOUS. The amounts for everything were spot on. I will definitely make this again exactly as you specified! Thanks for sharing.

    1. We’re so glad you loved this recipe, Becka!! Thank you for sharing this with us!