You can never go wrong with a good margarita — but this Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita takes it WAY BEYOND GOOD. It starts with the homemade passion fruit syrup, tropical, floral and sweet and gets a spicy kick with muddled, sliced hot peppers. Oh my! Try this Passion Fruit Jalapeno Tequila margarita from scratch on a balmy, sun-drenched day.
There’s nothing that can’t benefit from a little spicy wallop and I especially like the idea of a cool, refreshing drink that ends in a tingly heat. Enter the Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita.
Ingredients For Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita
- Passion Fruit Syrup
- Club Soda
If you’re accustomed to adding a shot of tequila to a bottled margarita mix and calling it “done” you don’t know what you’re missing. Making margaritas from scratch is nearly as simple as using the mix, however, the flavors in the homemade version are infinitely brighter, fresher and more “wow-zy”.
Passion Fruit Syrup
Let’s start with the passion fruit syrup. Passion fruit has a deep, floral sweet bouquet and the flavors are like the best combination of tropical fruits in one. Passion fruit can be enjoyed straight from the wrinkly, purple pod, but to extend the life (and usefulness of this lush fruit, I like to make a passion fruit simple syrup. This syrup, with equal parts sugar and water, is infused with passion fruit pulp and steeps for a few hours to ensure a deep flavor and bright golden hue. When the passion fruit is done steeping, strain it and reserve the whole pulp for garnishing your jalapeno tequila margarita. Now you’re ready to make margaritas from scratch.
How To Make Passion Fruit Jalapeno Tequila Margaritas From Scratch
- Place a large wedge of lime in a glass.
- Add several slices of jalapeno. If you just want a little heat go with 2-3 thin slices. If you like more tingle, add 4-5 slices (note: it also depends on how spicy your jalapeño is. I’ve made this several times and the heat varies by individual peppers. You might want to sample it before making these so you can adjust the heat to your tastes.
- Use a muddler to mash the lime and jalapeno to release their juices and essence. (Note: the more intense your muddling, the more flavors will be present in the drink. I recommend mashing the hell out of it.)
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add equal parts of passion fruit simple syrup and tequila.
- Pour in a splash of club soda. The soda cuts the sweetness slightly and we like the bubbles!
- Garnish the spicy passion fruit margarita with a small spoonful of reserved passion fruit pulp, so guests get a sense of what’s in the drink.
Sweet, Spicy, Refreshing
I’d like to apologize in advance for the addictive nature of these passion fruit jalapeño tequila margaritas. They are tropical, slightly sweet, a bit tangy with a bit of heat that comes at the end. Trust me, it’s impossible to stop after just one and once you’ve shared these from scratch margs with your friends, they won’t be able to stop either.
Make A Big Batch
I’d advise making a big batch of that passion fruit simple syrup and keeping it on hand for all your back yard barbecues, picnics and pool parties this season. If you’re planning a week at the beach this summer, be sure you bring your muddler. You’re gonna need it!
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Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita
- 4-5 slices jalapeno use more or less according to your tastes.
- 1/4 lime
- 1 ounce passion fruit simple syrup recipe from this site
- 1 ounce tequila
- splash club soda
- passion fruit seeds (pulp)
- wedge of lime
FOR INDIVIDUAL SPICY PASSION FRUIT MARGARITAS:
- In an old fashioned glass, add the lime and jalapeno slices. Use a muddler to smash the lime and jalapeno.
- Fill the glass with ice and add the passion fruit simple syrup and tequila. Mix with a spoon to combine then top with a splash of club soda.
- Garnish with a few passion fruit seeds and wedge of lime. Enjoy!
FOR BIG BATCH SPICY PASSION FRUIT MARGARITAS:
- Muddle together 5 thinly sliced jalapeños and 4 quartered limes until well mashed.
Add 2 cups of passion fruit simple syrup and 2 cups tequila in a large pitcher. Add 1/3 cup of passion fruit pulp. Stir well, cover and chill for at least two hours or until very cold.Fill individual glasses with ice and pour about two ounces of the margarita mix into the glasses. Spoon in some pulp, lime and jalapeno if desired. Top with a splash of club soda and serve.
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