Spicy Margarita Recipe

Try your hand at being bartender for the night and make this Spicy Margarita in your own home. Not only is this drink a delicious take on the classic margarita, its spicy element also provides real relief for the summer heat.

We reached out to NYC bartender Rob Baldwin for some further insight about this spicy margarita, bartending, and more.

What was the inspiration for this spicy margarita?

The margarita is a poolside summer classic. With the twist of added spice and a pinch of cilantro, it gives it that kick that reminds you where the margarita was invented.

Do you consider yourself a mixologist, a bartender or both?

I feel the term "mixologist" is thrown around lightly. I do mix drinks but I am a bartender first. A mixologist is a scientific term given to a person that just mixes cocktails; a bartender engages with the guest and puts on a show.

What kind of ice do you use or recommend using?

Different kinds of ice should be used for different cocktails. My recommendation would be cold draft ice because of the mold that is used, which slows down the dilution and gives longevity to your cocktail.

What tequilas do you recommend for a margarita, and are there any you wouldn't recommend?

Herradura blanco is what I use for a Spicy Margarita. Herradura blanco tequila is 100% blue agave in its purest form. The truest flavors and intensity of the agave are present, as well as the natural sweetness. Reposados are also great for margaritas.

Spicy Margarita Recipe
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  • 3 slices of muddled red peppers
  • 2 parts Herradura Tequila
  • 3/4 parts Cointreau
  • 1/2 parts lime juice
  • 1/2 parts simple syrup
  • pinch of cilantro
  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and then pour into a glass with ice.
  2. Garnish with a slice of red pepper.
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