Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Maybe it’s because the spice masks the alcohol taste and you are left with a refreshing cucumber drink with a hint of spice.

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Maybe it’s because the spice masks the alcohol taste and you are left with a refreshing cucumber drink with a hint of spice. But be warned since you can’t taste the alcohol as much, it can be sneaky. This spicy cucumber margarita recipe is one of my favorites – I even multiply it to make in batches.

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

serrano peppers smashed cucumber and limes

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Tequila – When choosing a tequila, I use tequila blanco also known as silver tequila in my margaritas. Look for a higher end brand (trust me it will help with your hangover the next morning) – the label should say 100% agave. 
  • Triple sec – Triple sec is a sweet, clear, orange liqueur made with 15%-40% alcohol from sweet and bitter orange peels. Cointreau is a type of triple sec. It’s a higher end label with a higher alcohol content than most other triple secs.
  • Serrano – Serrano peppers are long, bright green peppers similar in flavor to jalapeños but pack about five times the punch. While jalapeños range between 2,000 to 5,00 Scoville units, serranos are between 5,000 and 15,000 Scoville units. If you can’t find serrano pepper, substitute jalapeños.

How to Make a Spicy Cucumber Margarita

muddled cucumbers and peppers in cocktail shaker
Step 1: Muddle cucumber and peppers.

Add the sugar, cucumber and Serrano pepper to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to press down and twist the mixture. Repeat this a few times until the cucumber releases juice and creates a syrup with the sugar.

tequila triple sec and lime juice in shaker
Step 2: Add alcohol.

Add the tequila, triple sec and lime juice.

pouring margarita from cocktail shaker to glass with ice
Step 3: Add ice and shake.

Add ice to the shaker then close the top and shake vigorously.

Strained cocktail in glass
Step 4: Strain and serve.

Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. Serve immediately.

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • Try adding some fresh basil leaves to the muddles mixture for a more herbal cocktail.
  • Swap the tequila for mezcal for a smoky twist.
  • If you can’t find serranos swap with jalapeños.
  • If you prefer a sweeter margarita, add an additional teaspoon of sugar when muddling the cucumber and peppers.
Spicy Cucumber Margarita with serrano pepper

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Spicy Cucumber Margarita

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Serves 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 inches English cucumber (or half a Persian cucumber)
  • 2 teaspoons thinly sliced serrano pepper
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • ounce triple sec
  • ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions:

  • Add the sugar, cucumber and Serrano pepper to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to press down and twist the mixture. Repeat this a few times until the cucumber releases juice and creates a syrup with the sugar.
  • Add the tequila, triple sec and lime juice.
  • Add ice to the shaker then close the top and shake vigorously.
  • Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. Serve immediately.

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