This post is sponsored by Powell & Mahoney. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hi friends! I am pretty sure you are in the midst of cooking and prepping for the big day tomorrow. I am too. I just wanted to pop in, wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and sneak in one last quick recipe. Because (1) I think these Cilantro-infused Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas are awesome and (2) I think they are a showstopper if you are entertaining. ‘Tis the season…
One of the fun projects that I worked on back in September was doing some photography work for Powell & Mahoney, a company that produces craft cocktail mixers, for their new website. They sent me several bottles of their carefully crafted and naturally sweetened cocktail mixers along with some recipes to make and photograph in my studio.
With this experience, I had a chance to try some of their best-loved classic cocktail recipes that are made by using pure cane sugar. As you might already know, I am all about sweet recipes made with natural sweeteners so this was totally up my alley. Oh and also, they are all naturally gluten-free.
Now, I’ll be the first one to admit, I am all about creating recipes from scratch. However, let’s face it, if you are entertaining a crowd, a little help from a trusted brand could be a welcome change. And as someone who made, photographed and enjoyed over 10 of cocktails made with Powell & Mahoney mixers, I can tell you that this stuff is really good.
They offer many flavors ranging from classics such as Skinny Margaritas, Cosmopolitan, Mojito to trendy ones like Chipotle Bloody Mary, Yuzu Sour Mix, and Mango-Passion Fruit Margarita. All so delicious and true to what it would be like if you were making them from scratch.
About this Cilantro-Infused Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas Recipe
For this cocktail, I used Powell & Mahoney’s Spicy Jalapeno Margarita mix. This was my favorite one of all the cocktails I made while I was working on this project. If you are like me, a lover of spicy hot food and especially the flavor (and hotness) of jalapeno peppers, you are in for some serious treat.
To make this recipe, I infused some fresh cilantro leaves in the margarita mix to get in more of the traditional Mexican flavors into the drink. Here, the word “infused” is a fancy word for steeping 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro leaves in a cup of margarita mix. I kept the fresh herbs in the mix only a few hours, as I wanted to make sure its flavors do not take over the whole drink. If you are not a fan of cilantro, feel free to make the drink without it. Either way, this is a fantastic cocktail that will impress.
How To Make Homemade Spicy Jalapeno Margarita without Margarita Mix
Alternatively, you can make your own mixer for this Jalapeno Margarita recipe. To do so, mix together 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1/4 cup honey simple syrup. This would be perfect for 4 servings.
To infuse your homemade mixer with jalapeno and cilantro, place the lime juice and simple syrup mixture into a mason jar. Add one small sliced jalapeno (with the seeds) and cilantro leaves. Let is sit for 2 hours or longer if you like it spicier.
You can continue with the rest of the recipe as it is. If you want you can also top each glass with a splash of sparkling water.
More from Powell & Mahoney:
Though I loved every cocktail I made using their cocktail mixers, my two other favorite cocktails were the Skinny Margaritas (get the recipe) and Sriracha Bloody Marys (get the recipe). Like it is with the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita recipe, both drinks can be made super fast and they are guaranteed to provide an incredible drinking experience for your upcoming entertaining.
Other Margarita Recipes You Might Like
- Pineapple Margaritas – Whether you like it on the rocks or frozen, this pineapple margarita recipe is guaranteed to impress.
- Spicy Pineapple Mezcalita – Have you ever tried making your margaritas with mezcal instead of tequila? If not, you should. They are SOOO good.
- Basil Margarita – Sweet basil mixed with tequila makes the best beach drink. Don’t believe me? Check out my beach photos in this post.
- Virgin Margarita – This is a great recipe if you are in need of an alcohol-free margarita recipe.
- Strawberry Champagne Margaritas – Your usual strawberry margarita taken to the next level with a splash of champagne. This is my go-to summer party drink.
Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas Recipe
- 12 ounces Powell & Mahoney Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mix instructions without the Powell & Mahoney mixer is in the notes below
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped – plus more for garnishing
- salt for the rim of the glasses
- 6 ounces tequila such as Jose Cuervo
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lime sliced for garnishing
- 1 jalapeno pepper sliced thinly as garnish
- Place the margarita mix and cilantro leaves in a large mason jar (or a mixing bowl), cover and let it steep for 2 hours*. Drain and discard the cilantro leaves.
- If you prefer, moisten the rim of your cocktail glasses with some lime and dip them in a plate of salt. Set them aside.
- Place the now “infused” margarita mix in a cocktail shaker along with tequila and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime, slices of jalapeno pepper, and a few fresh cilantro leaves.
- If you want the cilantro taste to be more intense you can steep them longer. Or if you are not a fan of cilantro, feel free to omit it.
- Alternatively, you can make your own mixer for this Jalapeno Margarita recipe. To do so, mix together 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1/4 cup honey simple syrup. This would be perfect for 4 servings.
To infuse your homemade mixer with jalapeno and cilantro, place the lime juice and simple syrup mixture into a mason jar. Add one small sliced jalapeno (with the seeds) and cilantro leaves. Let is sit for 2 hours or longer if you like it more spicy.
- To make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar (or honey, agave, or maple syrup) with 1 cup water in a small pan until the sugar completely melts. This will make more simple syrup than you need but you can keep the rest in a jar with a tight lid and keep it in the fridge up to a month.