Fresh, juicy strawberry muddled with spicy jalapeño and shaken with silver tequila and classic fresh margarita ingredients. Strawberry jalapeno margaritas are simple to make, pleasantly spicy without overpowering the sweet strawberry flavor!
You know that famous Oprah reference where everyone gets a car? "You get a car! And you get a car!" etc. etc. Welp, that's pretty much me during the week leading up to Cinco de Mayo but with margaritas. Margaritas for everybody! Ah, what a wonderful world to live in. And this Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita is going to make your world a bit sweeter and just a touch spicier.
It's fun working in bar with other professionals trying to come up with new drink ideas. It mostly is a lot of, "Oh ya! That sounds awesome. What about this with that? OR add a little this to it. Ya, definitely. Serve it in this glass. Crushed ice. No regular ice." And so on and so forth. Either way it leads to a bountiful repertoire of creative cocktails that I am all to happy to share with you.
Strawberry Meet Jalapeño
Let our souls rejoice, it is strawberry season in Massachusetts! Positively my favorite of all the fruits. I mean apples are good, very transportable snack. But strawberry literally takes the cake for fruits to use in food and drinks. So much natural sweetness and flavor in that vibrant red and seed covered berry.
So here we have sweet, friendly strawberry making new friends with spicy, crispy jalapeño. There's bound to be an adventure waiting. The combination of the two reminds me a lot of my daughter Shea (2 yo) and her best pal Ev (who is 3 yo). We know there are troublesome adventures in the future that will look a lot like this:
Ev: Hey, I have this idea that might be really fun. But nah, we shouldn't do it. We'll probably get in trouble.
Shea: Let's go. We're doing it.
With what I'm sure will be a friendship of joyful troublemaking afoot, we will be needing these Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas at the ready.
The Work Reaps Tasty Rewards
To assemble our sweet and spicy liquid libation, you'll need a few tools. Nothing crazy, but typical items we use behind the bar. You'll definitely need a muddler. This stainless steel muddler from Amazon is less than $6 and will definitely get the job done. If you plan to muddle in a glass, I'd recommend getting a wooden muddler so you don't end up with broken glass, no cocktail and a trip to the ER.
If you don't have a martini shaker than I would definitely put that in your cart while you're doing your Amazon Prime binge. This set here is really awesome for $15. It's a standard 'Boston shaker', muddler, jigger and strainer. In addition to the regular strainer, if you love love fresh muddled fruit drinks then definitely purchase a cocktail tea strainer. I mean...I've definitely used a full size kitchen colander before, but for $7 it's worth avoiding the awkwardness of that.
Here are those links again:
- Stainless Steel Muddler or Wooden Muddler
- Standard Bar Set (Martini Shaker, Strainer, Jigger):
- Cocktail Tea Strainer
Building the Cocktail
In your martini shaker, add the strawberries and jalapeños. If you have a death wish, add the seeds too. Otherwise to avoid heartburn for days add just the jalapeño without the seeds. Here's a secret bar tip: add a few cubes of ice before muddling. The ice helps break down the elements in the glass.
A quick point of clarification for the nerds out there, such as myself. Typically, a standard muddle is to 'bruise' the elements in the cocktail. For example, in a Mint Julep you don't want to end up choking on pieces of mint with every sip. So a gentle muddle of the mint where you press and twist without tearing is the goal.
However, with our Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas the goal is to macerate the fruit. So add your ice and get your frustrations out on those strawberries like they wronged you.
Another important note: unfortunately you cannot use a blender and get the same effect. Trust me. Be there, done that. Ended with no margaritas.
Everyone I was sad.
Add the remaining ingredients, top with more ice, cover and shake. Shake with gusto. Shake so you can feel that embarrassing reminder that you need to do more tricep work at the gym (happens to me every. day. at work).
If you enjoy a tasty sweet or salty rim around the glass, run a lime wedge around the rim and then dip into whichever is your preference. Pictured here is a Sugar in the Raw rim. I love the crunchy sugar texture with the sweet and spicy strawberry flavors of this Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita. Strain through the cocktail tea strainer into your glass so you have just the strawberry-jalapeño margarita liquid and the fruit pulp stays in the strainer. Top with fresh ice.
Sip. Relax. Soak up the Cinco de Mayo excuses for more margarita consumption.
Cheers to strawberry season my friend.
Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita
- ½ cup diced strawberries ( about 3 large strawberries)
- ¼ jalapeño (seeds and stem removed)
- ¾ ounce agave nectar
- 1 ½ ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoon turbinado sugar for rim optional
- In a shaker, add strawberries, jalapeño and a few small cubes of ice. Muddle vigorously until strawberries and jalapeños are well macerated.
- Add tequila, agave nectar, triple sec, and fresh lime juice to the shaker. Top with more ice and shake well, about 10 to 15 seconds.
- Double strainer (using the standard strainer and cocktail tea strainer) into desired glass. Top with fresh ice.
- Optional: For a sugar rim, rub the edge of the glass with a lime wedge prior to straining the cocktail into the glass. Dip the glass into turbinado sugar on a flat plate.
Love it!! Find an excuse - and make it!
Made these yesterday and they were a hit. The jalapeno flavor came through nicely and as someone who doesn't like spicy food - it wasn't too spicy which was great! We made 2 different margarita recipes (one normal and one was the jalapeno strawberry) and these were by far the winner!
I'm curious why these didn't work in the blender for you? I muddled mine but I was thinking of trying the blender next time.
So glad you loved it! I think the blender being successful would depend on how ripe your strawberries are. When you muddle the fruit you're squashing the juices out of it, but when you blend it the blades are chopping it up really finely. So if your fruit isn't super super ripe and red you just get strawberry bits and no juice.
Agness of Run Agness Run says
So mouth-watering! I have to try this drink as soon as possible!
Thank you! Cheers!
Erica @ Coming Up Roses says
This looks SO DELISH. I'm SUCH a margarita girl...this sounds like the PERFECT combo of flavors!!
Coming Up Roses
Wow! Sounds soooo good! I love jalapeno but haven't really tried it in a cocktail! Sounds like the perfect Cinco de Mayo drink 🙂
Lecy | A Simpler Grace says
This looks so refreshing and perfect for the hot weather we've been having around here lately! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Au this looks delicious! I feel like the jalapeño is such an unexpected yet delicious twist on a classic margarita!
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Ophelia Keith says
Oooh this sounds delicious. I would never have thought of pairing strawberry with jalapeno but I'll bet it works.
It just the right amount of spice! Thank you!
I recently got one of these from a local Mexican restaurant and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked how the flavors combined! Now I can try my hand at making one!
Anne Murphy says
The jalapeno sounds like a great kick of flavor! And you're right - needs the sweet strawberry to balance it... That's just a whole flavor party going on, there!
Definitely my kind of party! 🙂