Spicy Citrus Margarita

I was just visiting my mom and sister Yvette in Colorado and we were out with friends having dinner at La Sandia. I had a yearning for a spicy margarita, and to my surprise they had one on their menu, a spicy orange margarita. I had thought about a spicy margarita before and just two weeks earlier I tried infusing tequila with serrano chiles but I infused it way too long. I also made the mistake of sipping some of the tequila, straight. I’ve done some dumb things but that one took the pastel. Well you can guess what happened, my lips and the entire inside of my mouth were on fire and numb for days. I’ll never do that again.

So here is the final version of this yummy bright and spicy citrus margarita. It’s better than I had imagined it. If you like spice, tang, and tequila then this unique blend is just for you.

Salud to a long weekend!

Spicy Citrus Margarita

Yield: 1 margarita


1 bottle of tequila, 750 mL

1 orange, juiced

½ lemon, juiced

1 lime, juiced

2 serrano chiles

1 ounce simple syrup

1 cup crushed ice


Tequila Infusion

Place two serrano chiles inside a bottle of tequila for 2 days. Gently shake daily.

After two days remove the serrano chiles, refrigerate, and reserve.

Margarita Assembly

Inside a martini shaker squeeze all citrus juices, 1 ounce infused tequila, simple syrup, and ice. Shake and pour into a salt rimmed glass, including the ice. Garnish with orange, lemon, and or lime wedges. For added spice, slice the serrano chiles and add 2-3 thin slices in the margarita.

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

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  1. I’m super excited to try this! Do you do anything to the serranos? Are they cut in half? Or just put in the tequila whole?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you want to try this. Let us know how this turns out. Just drop the serranos in the tequila whole. Just shake gently a couple times a day. After 2 days I had to transfer the tequila to a different bottle in order to get the serranos out of the bottle. Then I put the tequila back into its original bottle. I sliced the serranos into thin slices and dropped some into my drink…keep off your lips..Salud !

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  3. Wow what an interesting cocktail! It sounds really good. Will definitely have to try this.

  4. We have a La Sandia here in Northern Virginia, and it’s one of my favorite restaurants! The spicy margarita is my favorite drink to order! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Love a cocktail with a kick and this one looks like it won’t disappoint.

  6. Wow–I can’t wait to try this. It sounds like something my husband and I will enjoy.

  7. That looks fantastic! I bought a bottle of tequila yesterday and mixed a drink with cantaloupe. Definitely trying yours.

    • If you don’t want to infuse the entire bottle of tequila with the serrano chiles, just put some into a separate bottle, use only one serrano chile. This works just as well. Enjoy!

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  9. Oh my. I can feel a spicy hangover already. Love this idea and after this long week, I’m ready to partake.

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