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Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail

5 from 6 votes
Time: 50 minutes
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This Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail recipe is tart, sweet, and has the perfect amount of spice. It is super refreshing, stirs together in minutes, requires no fancy equipment, and is perfect any time. Jalapeno Simple Syrup recipe included.

I guarantee you will be making this spicy mocktail over and over! If you love non alcoholic spirits like I do (or want to try something new) I include recommendations and instructions below.

Craving more margarita mocktails? Try my Cranberry Margarita Mocktail. Or you might like this Paloma Mocktail which is the margarita’s cousin.

Glasses full of a delicious margarita mocktail

Why You Are Going to LOVE This Spicy Margarita Mocktail

  • FUN TWIST ON A MARGARITA MOCKTAIL: The addition of jalapeno simple syrup really amps this up. It is the perfect balance of spicy and sweet without overwhelming the other flavors. It is trendy, complex, and every one will rave over it!
  • THE PERFECT OPTION ANY TIME: Make them for mocktail Monday, your alcohol free happy hour, Cinco de Mayo, or summer entertaining.
  • OPTION TO ADD NON ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS: These spirits are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reasons… They have zero alcohol but taste exactly like their alcoholic counterparts. I have recommended 3 alcohol free tequilas below you have to try.

Let’s Make It Together (Watch The Short Video Below)

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail Ingredients

This spicy mocktail is only 4 simple ingredients

  • Lime Juice: This is the main ingredient in the recipe, so make sure it tastes good. I use bottled lime juice (Simply or Santa Crus are good brands). You can also use powdered limeade, limeade concentrates, and even freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Tonic Water: Fever Tree really amps up the flavor in mocktails so do not skip it. Other brands of tonic water, club soda, mineral water, or sparkling water can be used too.
  • Orange Juice: Any kind works, bottled, concentrate, or freshly squeezed. Make sure it is free of pulp or your mocktail will have an unpleasant texture.
  • Jalapeno Simple Syrup: You will need granulated sugar, water, and fresh jalapenos (you can control the spice level to fit your taste preferences by adding more or less jalapeno). If you are crunched on time you can place the jalapeno slices in your limeade and let it steep for a few hours or overnight. You can also use store-bought varieties.

What Non Alcoholic Spirits Can I Use In A Margarita Mocktail?

Margaritas include some type of tequila, so I recommend adding 2 ounces Lyre’s Agave Blanco Spirit which is a non alcoholic tequila. I also like to use Ritual Zero Proof Tequila or Spiritless Jalisco 55. All three options do a really great job of mimicking alcoholic tequila.

Ingredients needed, Jalapeno simple syrup, orange juice, limeade, tonic water, lime slices, and jalapeno slices.

Equipment Needed:

  • Saucepan: You will need a small pot to make the jalapeno simple syrup.
  • Glasses: I like to use low ball glasses (like the ones pictured) but margarita glasses or any other drinkware works fine.
  • Spoon or Stirrer: I like these long handled ones.
  • Cocktail Pins: These help to hold your garnish in place.

How to Make A Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail

All it takes is pouring everything together and stirring, that easy! The recipe card below will have complete details for making this spicy mocktail.

  1. MAKE THE JALAPENO SIMPLE SYRUP by dissolving the sugar in the water and steeping the jalapeno slices in the sugar water.
  2. ADD TO YOUR GLASS ice, jalapeno simple syrup, orange juice, lime juice (limeade), and tonic water. Stir until well combined.
  3. GARNISH with a lime slice and jalapeno slices (or Quick Pickled Jalapenos). Sip!

Pair this jalapeno mocktail with my baked Jalapeno Artichoke Dip, it is so delicious!

Margarita mocktail garnished with lime slices and jalapeno slices.

Spicy Margarita Mocktail Variations:

NOT A FAN OF SPICY MARGARITAS? Try making this recipe with my Simple Syrup, Strawberry Simple Syrup, or Cardamom Syrup. You can also use agave, honey, and even maple syrup as a sweetener.

TRY OTHER SPICY PEPPERS like habaneros, chilis, cayenne peppers, or whatever peppers you like to use.

ADD FRESH OR FROZEN FRUITS AND JUICES. These can add another level of sweet flavor to your spicy mocktail. Try strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mango, grapefruit, or really anything you like.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How spicy is this Margarita Mocktail?

The spice comes from the Jalapeno Simple Syrup. Because the syrup has water and sugar it really cuts down the spice. I like to tell people it has heat and a touch of spice that lingers in your mouth, but it is not overwhelming. You can always use more or less in this syrup depending on your spice tolerance.

What if I do not like spicy drinks?

Not a problem! You can easily substitute the Jalapeno Simple Syrup for traditional simple syrup. You can use my recipe here.

Can I add alcohol to this?

Yes you can. Margaritas typically have Tequila in them. Feel free to add a splash or two to this recipe.

2 Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktails ready for sipping.

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Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktails

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail

Elizabeth Swoish
This Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail recipe has the perfect amount of spicy flavor, but not too much! It is bright, fresh, and will surely quench your thirst.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Beverage
Servings 2
Calories 153 kcal


Jalapeno Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup jalapeno - sliced with seeds (about 1 jalapeno)

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail

  • 8 ounces lime juice or limeade - I recommend Simply Lime or freshly squeezed juice
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces jalapeno simple syrup; - more or less to taste
  • 4 ounces non alcoholic tequila - OPTIONAL (I use Lyre's Agave Blanco)


Jalapeno Simple Syrup

  • To a small saucepan add the water and granulated sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring occasionally. It should become clear and all the sugar dissolved.
  • Add the jalapeno slices and simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and allow the Jalapeno Simple Syrup cool to room temperature.
  • Pour into an airtight glass jar or container and refrigerate for up to 3 months.

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail

  • To a glass add ice, lime juice (limeade), tonic water, orange juice, and jalapeno simple syrup.
  • Stir well to combine.
    NOTE: Taste test your spicy margarita here. Add more syrup for spice or more lime juice (limeade) for less spice.
  • Garnish with lime slices and jalapeno slices. Sip!



Syrup Storing Information:

  • Refrigerated in an airtight container or glass jar, up to one month.
  • Freeze into cubes and then in a plastic bag, up to a year.

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on April 15th, 2022
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About Elizabeth Swoish

Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Read Elizabeth's food journey or connect on your favorite social media channels.

8 thoughts on “Spicy Jalapeno Margarita Mocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    I used lemon syrup that I had at home and add some jalapeños. It was refreshing and spicy and we loved it. Thaks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I love jalapeño margaritas and this is a really refreshing alternative. I save the jalapeños from the simple syrup and add them to the drink along with some extra fresh slices. The combo of sweet and spicy is too good!

  3. 5 stars
    This margarita mocktail is the perfect way to unwind after the week while still being able to get up early the next morning!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! These spicy margarita mocktails are so delicious and refreshing — and so easy to make too! I mixed them up while I was making grilled cheese for my kids. That’s how easy they are to make! I think I’ve found my official drink of the summer.


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