Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita

cucumber jalapeno margarita
  • 8Servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 chopped jalapenos
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 8 chopped small (Persian) cucumbers
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice plus 2 tbsp.
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • Garnish with cucumber ribbons.


Make the Syrup

In a large jar with a tight-fitting lid, vigorously shake sugar, jalapenos and water until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Strain into a pitcher.

Mix the Drink

In a food processor, puree cucumbers; strain. Add cucumber juice (about 2 cups), tequila, orange liqueur and 1 cup lime juice to the pitcher; stir.

Rim the Glass

Pour 2 tbsp. lime juice on a plate. Spread salt and chili powder on another plate. Dip the rims of 8 glasses into the lime juice, then into the salt and chili powder

Drink Up

Fill the glasses with ice, then add the margarita. Garnish with cucumber ribbons.