The Story Behind The Spicy Margarita

While the classic Margarita is the world’s favorite tequila cocktail, there’s no harm in adding a spicy twist to the tangy drink. In this recipe, the piquancy of bird’s eye chili enhances the earthiness of the tequila’s agave, offering a welcomed contrast to the citrusy sweetness of orange liqueur. This results in a burst of flavor with each sip that is familiar and exciting, all at once.

Crafting the bird’s eye chili syrup may take a few minutes, but we promise it’s worth it. The syrup’s heat will be somewhat tempered by triple sec’s sweetness, meaning it will be just present enough to give your cocktail a lively kick.


  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (like triple sec or Cointreau)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce bird’s eye chili syrup (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: salt rim, bird’s eye chili


  1. Rim a rocks glass with salt and set aside to dry.
  2. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and chili syrup to a shaker with ice, and shake until cold.
  3. Strain into salt-rimmed glass with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with bird’s eye chili.

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Updated: 2021-08-05

Bird’s Eye Chili Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bird’s eye chilies, sliced, seeds removed

Bird’s Eye Chili Syrup Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Simmer until sugar dissolves and then remove from heat.
  3. Once cool, strain into a container and store, covered, in the refrigerator.
The Spicy Margarita Recipe