This is my absolute favorite margarita recipe and as soon as you try it, you will understand why. The sweetness from fresh squeezed orange juice is mixed with spicy bite of jalapeno and topped off with tequila. It’s a simple margarita recipe but so tasty!
I’ve forgotten just how much I LOVE this Orange Jalapeno Margarita. It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve had one and this week was the first time I’ve tasted it since before I got pregnant. As I mentioned above, this is my absolute favorite margarita recipe and I missed it so much.
This is actually a copycat recipe from one of my favorite bars in St. Augustine called Dos Gatos.
I absolutely love St. Augustine and it’s really the only reason I agree to stay in Florida. I have my favorite places to go and I know its history forward and backwards. Little man and I love riding the sightseeing train. We’ve done it so many times that I can easily be a tour guide myself now. He loves riding the train and I love riding around my city.
Food and night scene changes here often, with new businesses popping up and old ones closing all the time. But, even with all these changes, there are several bars and restaurants that have been become staples of the old town and can’t be missed when visiting St. Augustine. One of those must-visit places is the Dos Gatos bar.
It’s a fun spot to visit for delicious, hand-crafted cocktails. Dos Gatos is located right in the downtown district, in an historic, two-story building. The atmosphere fits the original, creative cocktails served there.
During our many, many visits to Dos Gatos, I’ve tried almost every cocktail on their menu. As tasty as other cocktails are, I keep coming back to my Orange Jalapeno Margarita. No wonder it’s one of their signature cocktails because it’s amazing. The simple combination of fresh squeezed orange juice, spicy jalapeno juice, tequila, and orange liqueur is absolutely perfect.
With the new baby at home and very few hours of sleep, it will be a while before I can go out for a cocktail with my friend or have a date night with my husband. So even though I can’t go out quite yet, I can bring my favorite sunny cocktail to me. (And to you!)
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Orange Jalapeno Margarita
- 2 large Navel oranges
- 1 small jalapeno (you may or may not use all of it)
- 4 oz silver tequila
- 1 1/2 oz Triple Sec
Squeeze all the juice out of the oranges and strain it into the cocktail shaker.
Cut jalapeno into a few rings and using a garlic press, squeeze some jalapeno juice into the shaker as well. (I find that 3-4 jalapeno rings is enough but you may like it spicier.)
Add tequila and triple sec to the shaker. Shake well.
Strain the margarita mixture into the glasses. You can serve it over ice or straight up.