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Jalapeño cucumber margarita recipe


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Give your margarita a fresh and spicy kick with the addition of hot jalapeno and refreshing cucumber.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 125ml tequila, or more to taste
  • 125ml fresh lime juice
  • 60ml orange liqueur
  • 60ml simple syrup
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, halved and seeded
  • 4 thin slices cucumber, or more to taste
  • 4 wedges lime
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt, or as needed
  • ice, as needed
  • 4 slices cucumber, to garnish

MethodPrep:5min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr5min

  1. Stir tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and simple syrup together in a pitcher with a lid; add jalapeno and thin cucumber slices. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or longer as needed.
  2. Run a wedge of lime along the rim of each of four pint glasses. Spread salt onto a flat plate; press glass rims into salt to coat. Fill glass with ice and pour margarita over the ice. Garnish with cucumber slice.

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by evilkittyz3

I use half a cucumber sliced thin, half a jalapeno seeded & sliced, 1/4 cup cilantro - muddle them with a wooden spoon in a pitcher. Add 18oz silver tequila, 8oz lime juice, 6oz agave nectar (available at Walmart or Costco), stir & chill for at least an hour. Strain into ice-filled glasses rimmed with a mixture of lime zest & kosher salt. I made some today - happy Cinco de Mayo!-05 May 2014

by Jake

Being from the San Diego area we've been drinking these margaritas for many years, an if your ever on Shelter Island you can meet the Bartender at Miguels who has been making these for 10 plus years. The trick is to use a guava nectar not syrup an to chop up both the cucumber and Jelopeno into small pieces along with some cilantro, shaken through ice and served with or without salt rimmed glass. No waiting required, just enjoy....-30 Apr 2015

by DIZ♥

Winner of the Gold Star Award! About once a year I find a new recipe that is worthy of more than five stars. This one deserves highest honors. If this doesn’t make you feel the summertime fun, nothing will. I agree with other reviewers that you need to use at least a half a cucumber in order to taste the cucumber. The jalapeno gives it a fun little kick, but they are superb even without the jalapeno—except they go down a little too smooth and a little too fast. Thank you, daddyyumyum, for sharing your outstanding recipe! (P.S. Simple syrup is easy to make, just follow the recipe for Simple Syrup here on this site.)-14 Aug 2014


MAKE: Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

It’s Cinco de Mayo! While most Americans (of any nationality) don’t often know all of their Cinco de Mayo facts, they do understand it’s kind of like St. Patrick’s Day — a fun celebration filled with eating and drinking. So, with that in mind, we’re bringing you our favorite new recipe for a Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita.

Sure, there are plenty of traditional margarita recipes that are delicious, but this is new and slightly different. The cucumber makes it cool and crisp, while the jalapeno adds a nice little bit of heat afterward… or a lot of heat depending on how many seeds you put into the mix.

This Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita recipe comes from our new favorite YouTube series called Cooking Under Quarantine. In this series, friends show the world what they’re doing in the kitchen to get through the quarantine. None of them are chefs, but it always feels like a fun treat to hang out in their kitchens. Here’s the recipe, with ingredients below as well as more important info.

Tajín Clásico Seasoning for a spicy rim, or sugar for a sweet one. Just rub the rim of your glass with a lime, then roll it in a plate of Tajin or sugar so it sticks.

Honesty Time: We know the creators of this series. But this IS our new favorite margarita recipe and the video is pretty entertaining, so it’s worth checking out. Also, if you use that link for Tajín Clásico Seasoning and purchase anything, Parentology makes a commission from Amazon. Thanks for supporting us.

Watch More Cooking Under Quarantine

From homemade pizza to an Olive Garden copycat recipe for Pasta e Fagioli, they’ve got it all. You can watch the Cooking Under Quarantine series on YouTube.

Photo: Cooking Under Quarantine (YouTube)


Now this is quite a bold statement I’m about to make, but I’m being totally honest here – Spindrift is the best-tasting brand of flavored sparkling water I’ve tried.

They use real squeezed fruit as the only flavoring and I think that’s what makes the drinks so damn tasty and refreshing. The cucumber sparkling water I used in this margarita tastes exactly like a cucumber. It’s kind of mind-blowing actually. I highly recommend picking up a pack or two the next time you’re grocery shopping. I purchased a variety pack at Costco a month or so ago, but I know they’re also in Target and possible Trader Joe’s. If you’re not quite sure, here’s a link to where you can find them near you.


Cucumber Margarita Recipe

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Made with only 5 ingredients, these Cucumber Margaritas are refreshing, light and easy to make! Add in a jalapeno to make it spicy, or serve as is for the ultimate summer cocktail.

Cucumber margaritas are one of my favorite cocktails to enjoy on hot summer days. Made with fresh cucumber juice, lime juice, tequila and triple sec, these margaritas are one of the most refreshing and light cocktails I’ve ever made – even more than my Skinny Margaritas!

The trick to making them taste so fresh is the homemade cucumber juice. To make the juice, peel cucumbers and blend them until they’re completely pureed. Then pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer and into a bowl to remove any excess pulp.

The end result is a cool and naturally healthy juice that will pair well with lime juice and tequila.

Once you’ve got the juice strained and ready to go, it’s time to mix up some cucumber margaritas!

If you’re like me and love cocktails with a little spicy kick, I recommend muddling some fresh jalapeno slices in your glass or pitcher. Just gently press down on the sliced jalapenos a few times with a muddler or the back of a spoon a few times until the jalapeno is very fragrant. (Learn more about Jalapeno Peppers.)

Then add in the fresh cucumber juice, lime juice, tequila and triple sec and stir to combine.

If you like your margaritas on the sweeter side, you can add in some agave nectar or simple syrup to your taste.


A Refreshing Cucumber and Jalapeño Margarita Recipe

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It's never too early to start celebrating Cinco De Mayo, and this Cucumber & Jalapeño Margarita is the ultimate way to do that. The combination of refreshing cucumbers with the spicy jalapeños in this recipe, reprinted with permission, is truly unmatched. And the fact that the simple syrup is made with Purecane™ Individual Packets instead of regular sugar makes this a healthier alternative to those sugary margarita options!

For more healthy drinks, check out our 6 Best Healthy Margarita Recipes.


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A Refreshing Cucumber and Jalapeño Margarita Recipe

It’s never too early to start celebrating Cinco De Mayo, and this Cucumber & Jalapeño Margarita is the ultimate way to do that. The combination of refreshing cucumbers with the spicy jalapeños in this recipe, reprinted with permission, is truly unmatched. And the fact that the simple syrup is made with Purecane™ Individual Packets instead of regular sugar makes this a healthier alternative to those sugary margarita options!

For more healthy drinks, check out our 6 Best Healthy Margarita Recipes.


Quality Margarita Ingredients are Key

In my opinion, a great Margarita really does have to be made with fresh squeezed lime juice. Shelf stable Margarita mix is full of sugar and weird ingredients I can’t pronounce. I’ve never found a ready to use mix that tastes great. Stick to fresh squeezed lime juice for the best Margarita, I promise.

Good quality tequila is also key. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money on a bottle of tequila, just think middle of the road. I prefer a Silver/Blanco tequila for this recipe. Some of my favorites are Casamigos Blanco, DeLeon Blanco, Herradura Blanco and Codigo Blanco.


Cucumber & Jalapeño Margarita

If I had my wish, I would run away to someplace warm & mild every winter. The cold weather has firmly settled in this part of the country, and although I can usually make it until the first thaw, this year feels different… It’s bone achingly cold, and as the sparkling beauty of the latest snowstorm fades, I can’t help but daydream about sunny days, sandals… and maybe a few margaritas.

Since starting to expand our cocktail repertoire beyond my perennial favorite, the gin & tonic, my husband & I have been experimenting with different types of tequila. Much like the rebirth of gin, tequila has so much more to offer than the typical college flashbacks of two dollar shots at a dive bar. There are many tastes & nuances, each with very different qualities.

I have particularly fallen in love with Anejo, or ‘extra aged’, tequilas. Much milder than the Blanco (or white) tequilas, this category of tequila is smoother, golden in color, and with distinct vanilla notes. Perfect for sipping, but even better as a Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita! I can honestly say this is one of the best cocktails I’ve ever stirred up. Smooth & cool from the cucumber, with tart lime and a spicy jalapeño kick, this drink is finished with a mild exotic vanilla flavor from the tequila. Complex in taste, but very easy to make!

To note: it is completely worthwhile to invest in a good bottle of Anejo tequila, such as Riazul Anejo Tequila (just my preference – I am not being paid to recommend this brand… It’s honestly that good!) I wouldn’t substitute a Blanco or Resposado in this drink. It’s just not the same!

Do you love tequila based cocktails? Check out all of my Margarita and Paloma recipes!

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

2 ounces Anejo Tequila, such as Riazul Anejo

2 ounces fresh lime juice

*(simple syrup is 1 part sugar mixed with 1 part water, boiled to dissolve, then cooled)

Begin by washing and drying the jalapeño pepper and cucumber. Peel half the cucumber and slice 4 pieces into 1/4 inch rounds. Slice 3 pieces of jalapeño (keeping the seeds) into 1/4 inch rounds. Reserve.

In a shaker without ice, pour the simple syrup and add the sliced cucumber & jalapeño. Muddle everything into the simple syrup with a traditional muddler or, like me, make do with the handle of a ladle. Smash the cucumber and pepper as best you can, to release all of the juice and oils.

Add a large handful of ice to your shaker. Pour in the lime juice, cointreau, and tequila. Close the shaker and vigorously shake for 30 seconds to blend. The shaker should become frosted.

Fill a large tumbler with ice and place a small sieve over the top. Strain the cocktail into the glass, catching any seeds or pulp.

Garnish with several thinly cut rounds of cucumber & jalapeño pepper. Enjoy immediately!

Note: The longer this drink sits, the spicier it gets, due to the oils in the jalapeño coming out. This is a make to order sort of cocktail!


How to make a cucumber jalapeno margarita

Once you’ve got your fresh ingredients, grab your tequila, triple sec, and let’s get mixing! If you need more details on the best alcohol to buy, see Best Tequila for Margaritas and Best Triple Sec for Margaritas. Then, do the steps below!

  1. Rim the glass with salt. Use a cucumber slice to wet the rim (since you already have them on hand!). Then dip the outside of the glass rim in a plate covered in salt.
  2. Thinly slice the jalapeno pepper. Make sure to wash your hands afterwards! You don’t want that spicy juice getting in your eyes later (or other places…just saying!).
  3. Shake in a cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker! Don’t have one? Use a covered jar with a lid.
  4. Strain into a glass and add ice. Strain it into a glass and serve with ice. That’s it!