• Don Lichterman

Jalapeno Margarita, Watermelon Margarita & Margarita & Mango Lime Cabbage Tacos, Recipe of the Week!

Jalapeno Margarita

Jalapeño Margarita Recipe Ingredients - To make this spicy margarita recipe, you need 6 simple ingredients:

  • Tequila – Use any good-quality blanco tequila in this recipe. We like this brand, but feel free to use your favorite!

  • A jalapeño pepper – Use anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the pepper. The more you use, the spicier it’ll be.

  • Orange liqueur – You’ll see recipes that call for Cointreau and triple sec, but I love Grand Marnier here.

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice – For the best results, squeeze your limes right before you make your cocktails.

  • Something sweet – I sweeten mine with homemade simple syrup or freshly squeezed orange juice. Both are delicious!

  • And ice! Because a great margarita is always on the rocks.

To make a lighter drink, fill your glass halfway with the jalapeño margarita mixture. Then, top it off with sparkling water.

Spicy Margarita Recipe Tips

  • Taste and adjust. Whenever you make a cocktail at home, taste and adjust to find a balance of flavors you love. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add an extra splash of simple syrup or orange juice. For more tartness, squeeze in extra lime. If you want it spicier, add extra jalapeño slices and let it sit for a few more minutes. Mess with this recipe, and make it your own!

  • If it’s too strong, let the ice begin to melt. If your jalapeño margarita tastes too strong when you first try it, let it sit for a few minutes at room temperature. As the ice melts, it will dilute the drink. If it’s still stiffer than you’d like it to be, top your glass with sparkling water or add extra orange juice.

  • Salt the rim. Honestly, this cocktail tastes great on its own, but if you want to take it to the next level, salt the rim of your glass. To do this, rub the rim of an empty margarita glass with a lime wedge, and dip it in a small plate of coarse sea salt or kosher salt. Mix up the cocktails in a pitcher, fill your glass with ice, and pour the drink into your prepared glass. That’s it!

  • Don’t forget the chips! No jalapeño margarita night is complete without tortilla chips and dip! I love to pair mine with tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, or classic guac. If I’m in the mood for something fruity, I’ll make mango or pineapple salsa, too! This spicy margarita would also be fantastic with nachos, taquitos, or veggie tacos.

This jalapeño margarita is my favorite summer cocktail. It's so simple to make - be sure to adjust your drink to suit your tastes, and enjoy! Serves: 4


  • ¾ cup good tequila

  • ¼ to ½ jalapeño pepper, plus extra slices for garnish

  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish

  • ¼ cup simple syrup or fresh squeezed orange juice

  • a few splashes of sparkling water

  • handful of ice

  1. Pour the tequila into a mixing glass or small pitcher. Add the sliced jalapeño, ¼ to ½ of it, depending on how spicy you want your margaritas. Set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes (the longer you let the jalapeños infuse, the spicier it will be).

  2. Make the margaritas by mixing together the jalapeño-infused tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and ¼ cup simple syrup or orange juice. Taste. If you’d like a spicier margarita, add more jalapeño and let it it sit a little longer. Pour into glasses and add lime slices and jalapeños for garnish. For a lighter margarita, fill the glasses ½ full and top with sparkling water.

Watermelon Margarita

How to Make a Watermelon Margarita

  1. Start making your watermelon margarita by blending the watermelon with lime juice. This juice will keep in the fridge for most of the week, so you can easily do this step ahead of time.

  2. Then, mix the watermelon-lime juice with tequila (or spicy tequila!), and that’s it! Watermelon margarita time!

Spicy Watermelon Margaritas

Prep Time: 15 mins - Total Time: 15 mins - Serves 4

This watermelon margarita is the perfect summertime drink! With no added sweetener and just 5 ingredients, it's an easy, fun, and healthy cocktail.


  • ½ cup tequila

  • 1 small jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)

  • 5 cups cut watermelon

  • ½ cup lime juice, plus 4 sliced lime rounds for garnish

  • Handfuls of ice

  • Sea salt for glass rims, optional


  • Combine the tequila and half of the jalapeño slices, if using. Set aside for 15 to 30 minutes to infuse (the longer you infuse, the spicier it will be). If you're not using the jalapeño, skip this step and proceed with the recipe.

  • In a blender, combine the watermelon with the lime juice and a handful of ice.

  • Salt the rim of 4 glasses, if desired, and fill each with ice. Pour the watermelon lime juice into the glasses and stir 2 tablespoons of tequila into each glass. Garnish with the lime rounds.

Classic Margarita

Margarita Recipe Ingredients

To make a classic margarita, you need 6 simple ingredients:

  • Tequila – Use any good-quality blanco tequila in this recipe. We like this brand, but feel free to use your favorite!

  • Orange liqueur – You’ll see recipes that call for Grand Marnier and triple sec, but Cointreau is my #1 pick.

  • Lime juice – For the best results, squeeze fresh lime juice right before you make your cocktails. I like my margarita to be pretty tart, so I use an equal amount of lime juice and tequila.

  • Something sweet – I sweeten mine with agave nectar or homemade simple syrup.

  • Salt – For the rim of your glass. I use fine sea salt, but kosher salt could work here too.

  • And ice! Because a great margarita is always on the rocks.

How to Make the BEST Margarita

Making an awesome margarita at home is easy! Here’s what you need to do:

  • First, salt the rim of a margarita glass. Rub it with a wedge of lime and dip the top of the glass in a small plate of salt. Just a heads up, it’s super easy to forget to do this step before you start mixing up your cocktail (I speak from experience). But in order for you to get a good salt rim on your glass, it has to be empty. You need to be able to turn the glass upside down so that you can dip it in the salt, so always remember to do this step first!

  • Next, mix up your drink! Add the tequila, Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lime juice to the glass, and stir to combine. Top the glass with ice cubes or crushed ice, and add a splash of agave nectar or simple syrup.

  • Finally, taste and adjust. In order to make a cocktail you really love, you’re going to have to taste and adjust. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add more agave, simple syrup, or even a splash of orange juice. If you like a stiffer drink, add more tequila and Cointreau. I like mine really tangy, just as the recipe is written. Garnish your glass with a lime slice, and enjoy!

Classic Margarita

Prep Time: 5 mins - Total Time: 5 mins - Serves 1

This homemade margarita recipe is SO simple and delicious! Remember to taste and adjust your drink to create a balance of flavors you love.


  • 1 ounce tequila

  • 1 ounce Cointreau

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish

  • ½ ounce agave nectar (or simple syrup), or to taste

  • Sea salt, for the rim


  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.

  • Mix the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice into the glass and fill the remainder of the glass with crushed ice. Stir and add the agave nectar, if desired, to sweeten. If it’s too strong, wait a little bit for the ice to melt.

About Jeanine & Jack:

Hi, my name is Jeanine and I love bright seasonal food that’s very often finished with a squeeze of lemon. Hence the name. I do most of the cooking around here and my husband Jack is my #1 taste-tester. Together, we photograph our recipes from our home in Chicago, IL.

We’re not entirely vegetarian, but most of the recipes here are. I love to try new foods and create new recipes but I will always have a soft spot for avocado toast and kale salads. My favorite food on the planet is a ripe peach, and Jack’s is mushrooms (in his opinion, he’s a fun guy, get it!)

We started this blog in 2011 and have since been featured in Food & WineFood 52, Refinery29SELF Magazine, and Oprah Magazine(!), among others. Love & Lemons was named Readers Choice Best Cooking Blog by Saveur Magazine in 2014 and won an Saveur Editor’s Choice award in 2016. 

Also – our book is out! The New York Times described the book as “happiness in itself tossed in every bowl.” Bon Appétit said it was “One of the loveliest cookbooks we’ve ever seen.” Read more about The Love & Lemons Cookbook, here.

Mango Lime Cabbage Tacos


For the tacos:

  • 1  small head of red cabbage (2-3 leaves per person)

  • 1 ripe mango cut into small chunks

  • 1-2 mini cucumbers thinly sliced1 bell pepper thinly sliced

  • 2-4 radishes thinly sliced1  avocado

  • 1/4 cup fresh English peas shelled

  • Hemp hearts  for garnishing

Mango Lime Sauce:

  • 2 ripe mangos peeled and sliced

  • 2 limes (juice only)

  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted

  • 1-2 inch fresh ginger, peeled

  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts

  • 1/2  teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1-2 tablespoons water (optional)


  1. Carefully tear your cabbage leaves away from the head of cabbage, trying to keep them as whole as possible. Wash, set aside.

  2. Wash clean all your other produce well, slice/chop to desired size and shape. Set aside.

  3. Make your Mango Lime Sauce by blending all the sauce ingredients together in your food processor/blender until smooth. You can enjoy the creaminess and thickness of this sauce as is, or add 1-2 tbs water to achieve your desired consistency.

  4. Fill each cabbage leaf with your veggies, sprinkle with hemp hearts and serve with mango lime sauce.

  5. Enjoy all the beautiful flavors!


For best flavour, choose small peas, which are younger, sweeter, and more tender than large ones, and make sure they’re as fresh as possible. If you can’t find good fresh peas or you crave peas when the season’s over, frozen peas are a terrific alternative.

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