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Chili Lime Margaritas

A new twist on an old classic, perfect for summer entertaining. Using fresh citrus, good tequila, and a little chili, you get all the margarita goodness and none of the extra sweeteners you don't need. 

Course Cocktail
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author Holly


For The Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and sliced

For The Margaritas

  • 2 ounces good Tequila (we like Patron)
  • 2.5 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons Grand Marnier
  • 1 teaspoon chili simple syrup
  • 2-3 slices fresh Serrano chili
  • Trader Joes Chili Lime Seasoning
  • Kosher salt


To Make The Simple Syrup

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, water, and Serrano pepper.

  2. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer, slowly dissolving the sugar.

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the peppers out if desired.

  4. Use immediately or store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.

For the Margarita

  1. On a place, place a small amount of chili lime seasoning and a pinch of kosher salt. Gently stir to combine.

  2. Run a wedge of fresh lime around the rim of a small glass. Dip the glass rim into the chili lime/salt mixture to coat.

  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, grand marnier, fresh lime and orange juices and simple syrup. Shake to combine and chill.

  4. Pour over ice into the prepared glass. Top with fresh chili slices, if desired. Enjoy!