Craving something salty and sour? This frozen virgin jalapeño margarita will be right up your alley! It's got a delicious lime flavor, plus a hint of spiciness from the jalapeños.
A good margarita has a multi-layered flavor profile that come from a variety of ingredients. You can swap out some of the following ingredients based on your diet or personal preference, but make sure to have freshly squeezed lime juice and the jalapeño slices in this drink. Remember, always adjust the exact ratios of the ingredients to your taste, as individual citrus fruits and brands of ingredients will have a different flavor.
- Sweet: simple syrup
- Sour: lime juice and orange juice
- Salty: kosher salt
- Spicy: sliced jalapeño peppers
- Slushie: frozen limeade and crushed ice
- (Optional) Water: sparkling mineral water to dilute
How to Make
- Rim the margarita glasses with salt by dipping them in leftover simple syrup or water, then into a shallow dish filled with margarita salt.
- Pour the simple syrup and citrus juices into a pitcher, then add a couple pinches of kosher salt.
3. Pour the mixture into a blender and add the frozen limeade.
4. Add 1 cup of crushed ice and blend until smooth, then pour in 1 cup of sparkling water.
5. Stir gently to combine, then mix in the jalapeño slices.
6. For a frozen, slushie texture, pour the margarita into a glass container and freezer for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Stir every half hour to help it freeze evenly.
7. Spoon the slushie margarita into the prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wheel on the rim.
8. Enjoy immediately!
This type of margarita is basically a traditional lime marg with sliced jalapeños added to it. Alcoholic versions often include jalapeño-infused tequila for additional spice.
This virgin marg has a salty, slightly savory flavor from the kosher salt and the jalapeños, along with a hint of tang and bitterness from the lime. It has the perfect balance of flavors that make a margarita so enjoyable and refreshing.
This recipe is pretty high in carbs, coming in at 107.1g of carbs and 421 calories per 13 fl oz serving.
- Pitcher Instructions: Double the ingredient quantities as listed in the recipe card.
- Frozen Version: Make the drink completely in advance and freeze it until about 20 minutes before serving. Take it out of the freezer and stir occasionally as it thaws until it has a slushy consistency.
- Refrigerated Version: Make the drink in advance, simply omitting the crushed ice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Use freshly squeezed lime juice, as the bottled juice does not taste good.
- Want this drink less spicy? Remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeños.
- Want this drink extra spicy? Add more jalapeño slices and let them marinate in the drink for a few hours.
- In a hurry? Skip the freezing time and blend in extra crushed ice to give the marg a slushy consistency.
- Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months and defrosted when desired.
- Margarita Salt: this flaky salt is an essential ingredient for the garnish.
- Citrus Reamer: this bamboo tool is the ultimate way to easily squeeze citrus.
- Blender: this powerful blender will help you whiz up a frozen drink in seconds.
- Glass Container: this is the perfect container for freezing your slushie margarita.
- Margarita Glasses & Pitcher: this set of glasses and a pitcher is ideal for this recipe!
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Frozen Virgin Jalapeño Margaritas
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup simple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- 12- ounce can frozen limeade
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 cup sparkling water
- 2-3 jalapeño peppers, sliced
- Dissolve ½ cup granulated sugar (100g) with ½ cup of water (120 ml) in a saucepan over medium heat. Chill in the freezer or fridge until needed.
- Slice 7-8 limes in half, then microwave them on a plate for 30-45 seconds. Squeeze the juice from them with a wooden citrus reamer.
- Stir together ¾ cup of simple syrup with the freshly squeezed lime juice, orange juice, and the kosher salt. This part can be made ahead and refrigerated until later.
- Pour the juice mixture into a blender and add the frozen limeade and crushed ice. Blend on high speed until the ice is chopped up and the mixture is well mixed.
- Stir in the sparkling water and jalapeño slices, then pour the drink into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes to help it freeze evenly. This gives the drink a slushy texture, and also makes it spicier.
- Dip the rims of the margarita glasses in the leftover simple syrup, then twirl them in margarita salt.
- Once the drink has a slushy consistency, remove it from the freezer and spoon into the prepared glasses. Garnish with the frozen jalapeño slices and a lime wheel on the rim. Enjoy immediately.
- Be sure to squeeze your own limes. Bottled juice will not taste very good in this drink.
- Feel free to remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers to reduce the spiciness.
- Want this drink extra spicy? Let the jalapeños sit in the drink for a few hours, and add extra slices.
- Short on time? Skip the freezing time and just blend in extra crushed ice.
- Leftover marg can be frozen for up to 3 months and defrosted when desired.