My all-time favorite cocktail is a cucumber jalapeno margarita! Refreshing with a spicy little kick, I’ve been making these easy summer drinks at home for years. They’re perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Labor Day weekend, and every summer party in between.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- It’s a spicy twist on a refreshing cucumber margarita. It’s not too hot or overwhelming, though, so don’t worry. The jalapeño flavor blends beautifully with the lime and orange, and the sweetness of the simple syrup balances it all out.
- The recipe’s written for a single-serve cucumber jalapeno margarita, but it’s a super easy recipe to scale up if you’re having a party or just want to share a few margaritas with a friend. Just use the servings adjuster on the recipe card below to increase the recipe to the number of margaritas you need. The ingredient quantities will update automatically!
- To avoid watering down your drinks, make special ice cubes specifically for your margarita. Don’t use water, though – use cucumber juice or jalapeño juice (or mix them together) instead! That way, as they melt, they’ll just add more flavor to your drink.
- If you’re making a big batch of cucumber jalapeno margaritas, you can forgo the cocktail shaker and make everything right in a pitcher instead. Muddle the cucumber and jalapeno slices in the bottom of the pitcher, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. You can make up your pitcher margs a couple of hours before you plan to serve them if you want – I would wait to add the ice to the pitcher in that case, though. Just refrigerate the pitcher and add ice right before serving.
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For the Margarita
- 5 cucumber slices thin
- 3 jalapeño slices
- 1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice 1 shot
- 2 ¼ ounces tequila 1 ½ shots
- ¾ ounce triple sec ½ shot
- ¾ ounce simple syrup ½ shot
- ice as desired
To Serve (All Optional)
- kosher salt to rim glass
- tajin to rim glass
- lime wedges to rim glass
- 1 cucumber slice to garnish
- 1 jalapeño slice to garnish
- serving glass
- shallow dish optional, to rim glass
- Cocktail shaker
- Muddler or wooden spoon
- If desired, rim serving glass before preparing margarita. To rim glass, first add salt or tajin to shallow dish. Cut small slit across center of lime wedge, then fit rim of glass in slit. Run lime wedge around rim of glass, then remove wedge. Invert glass and dip moistened edge directly into shallow dish, or roll moistened edge of glass across salt or tajin in dish. Set glass upright and add ice as desired.
- Place cucumber slices and jalapeño slices in bottom of cocktail shaker. Use muddler or end of wooden spoon handle to gently muddle (smash) cucumber and jalapeño to release juices.
- Pour in lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and simple syrup. Add ice to preference, close shaker, and shake well. Strain shaken margarita into prepared glass and garnish with fresh cucumber and jalapeño slices. Serve immediately.
- The recipe as written yields one prepared margarita. To scale this up for pitcher margaritas, adjust the number of servings at the top of the recipe card as desired. To prepare a large batch, you can skip the shaker. Muddle the cucumber and jalapeño in the bottom of the pitcher, then add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.