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Nov 19, 2023

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita

This margarita, made with tequila reposado, orange liqueur, fresh Mandarin juice, jalapeño chiles, and grilled limes, is slightly spicy, a little bit smoky, and totally refreshing. 

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita and all of the ingredients.

Plus, the glass for this margarita is rimmed with Tajín, rather than just salt and lime. 

Tajín is a delicious chile, salt, and lime seasoning mix from Mexico that you can easily find in the U.S. My grocery store stocks several versions in the produce section, the cut fruit section, and the international food aisle. It's great sprinkled on Mexican fruit salads, fries, micheladas or bloody Marys, corn, pineapple salsa, and Chex Mix

I always keep a shaker on hand to sprinkle on pineapple, cantaloupe, or watermelon.... or a watermelon martini

I used the Clásico version. You can buy it in a shaker for sprinkling or in a dish specially made for rimming margarita glasses

Tajín on a plate to make a margarita.

I sprinkled in on a plate, ran a lime around the rim of my glass, and spun the glass rim through the Tajín. 

What I love about this margarita is the smokey flavor. This cocktail gets some smokiness from grilled lime halves that you char on a grill pan. If you want extra smokiness, you can also substitute agave for the tequila. For even more, you could grill or broil the jalapeño. 

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita Ingredients.

I discovered this cocktail in the book, Muy Bueno Fiestas by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of the blog Muy Bueno Cooking (I received promotional copy of the book via Melissa's Produce). 

The book includes over 100 recipes for a year of Mexican and American holidays (with a Mexican-American twist). Each chapter also includes a guide for crafts related to each holiday. You can also follow Yvette on Instagram

Chapters include Lent, Valentine's Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Mexican Independence Day, Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Epiphany, along with Family Fiestas. 

Muy Buena Fiestas Book Cover.

I'm looking forward to trying the chipotle sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and the Biscochos and Polvorones for Christmas. Oh... and the Mexican hot chocolate! 

Ingredients in this Margarita:

Tajín and lime for coating the glass rim.

Two limes, one grilled and halved, and the juice of the other one. 

The juice of two Mandarin oranges. 

Jalapeños, one to mash with the grilled lime for the cocktail and one to slice and add as a garnish to the cocktail. 

Tequila Reposada and Orange Liqueur. For the orange liqueur, I used Patrón to keep with the theme, but Grand Marnier or Cointreau would be great too. 

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita ingredients.

To add smoky flavor to this cocktail, you grill lime halves on a grill pan until they are charred. Then, you muddle them, along with a jalapeño, until extract the flavors. 

Of course, if it's summer you can grill the limes when your grill is fired up. Your guests will love it. 

Muddle the lime with some jalapeños before adding the tequila, orange liqueur, additional lime juice, and Mandarin juice and shaking it all together. 

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita Cocktail Shaker and Ingredients.

More Margarita Recipes You May Also Enjoy:

Cucumber Margaritas

Rose Margarita

Limoncello Margarita

Cherimoya Margarita

Mango Chile Margarita

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita ingredients.

Sunday Funday Mandarin Orange Recipes: 

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita surrounded by its ingredients.

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita

Jalapeño Mandarin Margarita
Yield: 2 Margaritas
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min
This margarita, made with tequila reposado, orange liqueur, fresh Mandarin juice, jalapeño chiles, and grilled limes, is slightly spicy, a little bit smoky, and totally refreshing.


  • Tajín and a lime wedge for rimming the glasses
  • 1 large lime, halved
  • 1/2 jalapeño chile, seeded
  • 4 ounces tequila reposado
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 2 Mandarin oranges
  • Ice cubes
  • Mandarin and jalapeño slices for garnish


  1. Add some Tajín to a plate and rub lime juice along the edges of two rocks glasses. Set aside.
  2. On a grill pan, grill the lime halves over medium-high heat until charred on the cut side and the rind, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add the charred lime halves and the jalapeño to a cocktail shaker and muddle the ingredients with a muddler. Add about a cup of ice cubes, the tequila, the liqueur, lime juice, and Mandarin juice, and top with the cocktail shaker lid. Shake vigorously.
  4. Add ice cubes to both glasses and strain the margarita mixture into the two glasses. Garnish with Mandarin and jalapeño slices and serve.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

0 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0 g

Carbs (grams)

26 g

Fiber (grams)

3 g

Net carbs

23 g

Sugar (grams)

19 g

Protein (grams)

1 g

Cholesterol (grams)

0 mg
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  1. That sounds like a fun cookbook and a fantastic Margarita!!!

    1. It's a totally fun cookbook, and the marg was delicious!

  2. Tequila and I are not friends, but Jake loves tequila. I can't wait to try this for him.

    1. I'm normally not a reposado person, but the smokiness of this marg was delicious. Cheers to Jake!

  3. Love the color of the drink!

  4. This margarita was a hit with my friends. We love the Tajin around the rim instead of the typical salt. The mandarin and jalapeno are delicious together.


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