The fresh, peppery, slightly spicy, flavor of jalapeno pairs perfectly with tequila. And tequila makes margaritas. The best way to up your margarita game is to learn how to make jalapeno tequila! The best part is, it’s ridiculously easy.
How to Make Jalapeno Tequila:
Learning how to make jalapeno tequila was part of my quest to make the ultimate jalapeño margarita at home. It turns out to be so easy, you don’t even need a recipe! But I have one here anyway, just for backup.
Literally, the name says it all – jalapeno tequila! The name is the ingredient list. Fresh jalapenos and tequila. I like to use a blanco tequila to let the flavor of the jalapenos shine. Other styles of tequila like resposado or anejo have deeper, stronger flavors, but those flavors will just be masked by the jalapenos. So save yourself some money and buy the blanco!
It will take you all of five minutes to learn how to make jalapeno tequila. First you’ll want to cut the tops off the jalapenos and slice them in half. Now comes the big decision, are you going to take the seeds and ribs out, or leave them in for more heat? Once you make your decision, take the jalapenos and place them in a quart size mason jar and pour in the tequila to cover. You’ll use about three cups of tequila.
Now comes the hard part, the waiting. Place the jar in a cupboard, in your bar, or on the counter and let the jalapeno flavor infuse into the tequila. You’ll get flavor within a few days, but I usually let it sit for a few weeks to eek out every single drop of jalapeno deliciousness. You can taste it every few days and see what you think. You’ll notice the bright green color of the jalapenos will slowly fade to a khaki color. This is exactly what should be happening.
Once it tastes ready to you, strain the jalapenos and seeds from the tequila, and pour that spicy elixir into a clean jar. Finally, you’ll label and tightly cover the jar. I think you should proudly display it on your counter, but you can also store it with the rest of your bar supplies.
Now that you’ve learned how to make jalapeno tequila, you are so close to enjoying the ultimate jalapeno margarita! You might notice that jalapeno simple syrup in the photo above. This is the other not-so-secret ingredient in the ultimate jalapeno margarita. And it’s also really easy to make. My advise is to keep them both on hand at all times!
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How to Make Jalapeno Tequila
The fresh, peppery, slightly spicy, flavor of jalapenos pairs perfectly with tequila. And tequila makes margaritas. The best way to up your margarita game is to learn how to make jalapeno tequila! The best part is, it’s ridiculously easy.
- 3 – 3 1/2 cups of tequila
- 3-4 fresh jalapenos, stems cut off, then cut in half. You can leave the ribs and seeds in for more heat, or remove them. It’s up to you!
- Place the halved jalapenos in a quart sized mason jar.
- Pour the tequila over to cover and almost fill the jar.
- Cover the jar tightly and store in a cool place for a few days, or up to a few weeks. This will let the jalapeno flavor infuse the tequila. Taste every few days until it’s exactly the way you like it!