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Spicy Don Margarita: Cocktail Recipes Don't Get Better Than This

This Recipe Will Help You Craft A Spicy Don Margarita At Home

A drink with a rather controversial history but a thoroughly delectable flavour, the margarita reigns supreme as one of the most preferred cocktail options at any bar. Some believe it has origins in Mexico, where sometime in the late 1930s, it was crafted by a bartender for a patron who was allergic to nearly every spirit except tequila. Another narrative traces the birth of the margarita to Dallas. Here, a socialite named Margarita Sames invented the cocktail in 1948 while hosting guests at her Acapulco vacation home. And there are other stories about how the drink was popularised by Tommy Hilton of the Hilton Hotels chain making it wildly famous across America.

No matter the story, the margarita has retained its popularity as a drink crafted out of tequila blanco, orange liqueur or triple sec and lime juice, served cold in a salt rimmed coupe or stemmed glass. Over time, as bartenders have perfected the proportions of the delicious Mexican agave spirit and lime to arrive at a balanced mix, so too they have been eager to incorporate more fiery elements from Latin American regions into cocktail cultures. This has meant the rise of cocktails ringing with intense jalapeño burn. 

The shift from a demand for fruity but not too sweet drinks, to spicy and spirited mixes is indicative of a change in consumer preferences too, a trend that has proliferated across America, slowly making its foray into several countries across the globe where bartenders have begun experimenting with slightly spicier versions of classic cocktails. So goes the tale with a spicy don margarita too, which celebrates the flavour of the blue agave used to make tequila, albeit with a bit of heat.

This Recipe Will Help You Craft A Spicy Don Margarita At Home

According to Punch magazine, the inventive alternative of making cocktails spicy seems to have taken its first steps in the 2000s when Julio Bermejo, a restaurant owner in San Francisco created the Tommy’s Margarita by following the traditional recipe with an inclusion of habanero peppers in a tequila blanco. Soon after, spicy cocktails began showing up in the rosters of several bartenders who were featuring muddled or pureed jalapeños along with agave nectar and tequila in their recipes. 

Eventually, there appeared a rising demand for crafting a margarita using these heat-packed ingredients and bartenders rose to the occasion to curate a recipe that incorporated jalapeño slices into the classic cocktail to infuse it with a spicy finish.

The drink has now become a staple across many bars because of the added layer of heat which pairs well with the tanginess of the lime juice, the bitter and tart notes of the triple sec and the fruity yet earthy elements of a quality tequila blanco. A spicy don margarita is easy to craft at home too, especially when you are hosting a large gathering, as a perfect party drink that can be made in multiple batches. 

Use a premium Don Julio Blanco to craft this delicious cocktail following the simple recipe you’d find below:


45 ml Don Julio Blanco Tequila

30 ml lime juice

15 ml triple sec or Cointreau

10 ml agave syrup (to taste)

2-3 jalapeño slices

Ice cubes

Salt (for rimming the glass)

Jalapeño slices for garnish

This Recipe Will Help You Craft A Spicy Don Margarita At Home


1. Moisten the rim of the margarita coupe or glass using a lime wedge and dip it in salt to coat it fully. Set aside.

2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the jalapeño slices until they release heat. You can get rid of the seeds if you prefer a less spicier version.

3. Next, pour the Don Julio tequila, agave syrup and triple sec and add some ice cubes.

4. Shake the mixture well and strain it into the salt rimmed glass.

5. Garnish with jalapeño slices. Your spicy don margarita is now ready to be savoured.

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