The perfect cocktail compliment to Taco Tuesday? The right way to dress up Thirsty Thursday? Sippin’ Saturday? I’m Drunk Sunday? That one’s not even cute but it works because honesty is the best policy. Whatever, my point is that these margaritas with spicy rims are the ideal alcoholic drink no matter what day of the week it is. And let’s be honest, right now, no one has any idea what day it is. Thank you Quarantine for making weekday drinking the norm. And stretchy pants.
So enjoy this tangy, sweet margarita with some chips and queso, guac, and … another margarita for your other hand.
Okay, let’s get to it! Scroll to the bottom for the margarita drink recipe, and find the step by step instructions here. This one is super easy, and tastes like you’re at your favorite outdoor bar.
To make a simple syrup, boil equal parts sugar and water (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water) for about 5 minutes or until liquid and evenly distributed and becomes a light, clearish- almost amber color. Alternatively use store bought simple syrup.
Juice fresh oranges (or use store bought orange juice), and juice limes. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake until mixed properly.
For the salt rim, mix coarse sea salt with chili powder. I actually have a salt grinder that has arbol chilis in it, so when you grind the salt, the chilis get ground up as well, which adds a little heat to the drink. I’m not normally a fan of drinks with a lot of spice, but these margaritas actually work perfectly with it since the orange and lime act to naturally cool it down.
To salt the rims, pour simple syrup on a small plate, and dip rims of glasses in syrup. Repeat process, dipping rim into a plate of salt or sugar mixture. Pour drink in glass, garnish with blood oranges, and serve.
You can use any kind of citrus here. Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, whatever you’ve got wants to be a margarita.
Use agave sweetener instead of simple syrup if you have that handy.
You can opt for a sugar rim on your margarita glasses too if that’s easier. With or without chili powder, add sugar to a plate and dip the rim of your margarita glass into the simple syrup and then into the sugar for a sweet addition. The sugar actually pairs really well with spice, so you can even add crushed pepper flakes or chili powder to that as well.
Make it a frozen margarita by throwing some ice with your mix in to a blender! Frozen margaritas are the perfect way to cool down throughout the summer!
As always, if you make this margarita recipe, tag me on Facebook or Instagram, and let me know how it goes! You can also check out my Pinterest page for more easy sippin inspiration so you can stay cool this summer.
If you liked this recipe, you might also enjoy some of my other favorite drink recipes, and dinners to match! See some of my favorite recommendations below: