Margarita Recipe – Spicy
A nice spin on the traditional Margarita recipe
If you like cocktails and mixed drinks, this Margarita recipe is a personal favorite. The smoky flavor and heat of the Chipotle Chili Powder adds a nice dimension and is an entirely different experience from more traditional Margaritas.
The Spicy Margarita
One of my favorite mixed drinks is the Margarita. If you like a Margarita every now and then (and let’s face it, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t!) you can try out my world famous Margarita recipe. It is a basic twist on the standard Margarita, with a bit of spicy kick that nicely compliments the natural sweet/sour of more traditional Margaritas.
Spicy Margarita Ingredients
1 part Tequila
1 part Brandy
1 part Orange Juice
3 parts Margarita mix
Chipotle Chili Powder
Your favorite Margarita glass
For your salt rim, mix in the Chipotle Chili Powder (or your favorite spicy chili powder) with your Coarse Salt. It helps to make it in a good size saucer, slightly larger that the diameter of your margarita glass. Be careful not to go overboard with the Chili Powder, just a little bit will do. You are after a slight sensation of heat, mixed with the salt and the sweet and tangy of the orange juice and Margarita mix.
Mix Tequila, Brandy, Orange Juice and Margarita mix in a shaker with plenty of ice to get it all nice and cold.
Take your favorite Margarita glass and run a slice of lime around the rim, getting it nice and moist to allow the salt and chili powder mix to stick. Invert the glass and press it into the salt and chili powder mixture, rotating it to get a nice coat on the rim. It should extend about 1/4 inch down the glass from the rim.
Carefully turn the glass right side up and allow to stand for about 20 seconds to allow the salt and chili powder mix to dry out and really get stuck to the glass. Add in a few ice cubes, being careful not to knock off the salt and chili powder mix and a nice squeeze of fresh lime.
Slowly pour in your mix until it is just below the line created by your salt and chili powder rim.
Of course with any recipe, this should be considered a starting point. Use your favorite Tequila or Margarita mix (or squeeze your own limes), or experiment with different kinds of chili powder. I like the Chipotle for its unique smoky flavor. The Coarse salt seems best as well, regular sized salt leaves too much on the rim.
You can even swap out the brandy and orange juice for Triple Sec / Cointreau, but there seems to be something about the brandy and chili powder combination that makes it all work.
Lately I’ve been fond of Herradura Tequila. I seem to go back and forth between the Harradura, Cabo Wabo and Petron. Any of the 100% Blue Agave Tequilas are worth it. Stick with the Blancos / Silver when mixing.
Also, you can swap out the Tequila and Brandy and go with Mezcal. It’s like Tequila in that it is made from the agave plant but because of a different process for making it has a rich smoky flavor. Paired up with the smokiness of the Chipotle powder, this substitution may be becoming my favorite!
For something totally different, try using A&J Gin. This is also becoming one of my favorites.INFO: