Clementine Jalapeño Margarita

A Mexican cocktail classic goes chilli Christmas! 

Clementines are a Christmas staple, it would be hard to imagine the Holiday Season without this citrusy delight. Besides being in season during the Northern hemisphere’s winter and giving us some extra vitamin C that we need so much more in the cold weather, it also cuts nicely through all the fatty food that we eat at Christmas. 

Clementines are typically found at the bottom of our Christmas stockings (in the ‘Chlaus Bag’ in my native Switzerland). There are different versions of how this tradition started – one of them is from the Greek bishop Saint Nicholas who lived in the 4th century. He devoted his life to helping the underprivileged. One day he heard of a poor man who couldn’t come up with a dowry to find suitors for his three daughters. He travelled to their house and threw three bags of gold coins through the chimney which accidentally landed in the girls’ socks that were hanging by the fire to dry. Clementines are said to be the symbol both of the golden coins and the Saint’s generosity. Another version is that back in the days when citrus fruits were a rare treat, giving clementines or oranges at Christmas was seen as a luxury. I personally like the first version. 😉

About the ‘Clementine Jalapeno Margarita’

As a margarita lover, it is no surprise that I had to create a Christmassy one – I actually got inspired by @RosieLondoner who posted a frozen version on her Instagram. To make it more interesting, I thought that I would add a bit of spice with some jalapeño – red chilli would most certainly go perfectly well too. Having tested it several times (five in fact)…I can only say that it is an amazing and very morish cocktail that you could also drink lying on a sandy beach…the sun warming your skin gently while you’re listening to the waves crashing on the shore. There goes the daydreaming – I am actually sipping on one just now! 😀 Use a good quality Tequila as your head will thank you the next morning.

Clementine Jalapeño Margarita

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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A Mexican cocktail classic goes chilli Christmas! 


  • 50ml Tequila Reposado
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • 30ml clementine juice – about 1 1/2
  • 25ml lime juice – about 1 
  • 10ml jalapeno syrup – see below
  • Jalapeno Syrup:

  • 75ml agave syrup
  • 75ml water
  • 1 jalapeño – cut in half lengthways
  • Salt Rim & Decoration:

  • 1 lime wedge1 tbsp fine salt
  • zest of 1 clementine2 thin jalapeño slices 


  1. Start with the syrup: pour the agave syrup and water into a small saucepan. Heat gently until almost simmering. Take off the stove and pour into a jar. Add the jalapeño halves. Leave to cool – this will give you plenty! Store in the fridge. Keeps at least for 2 weeks.
  2. Make the salt rim: Mix the salt and zest on a plate until fully incorporated – do this by rubbing your fingers together. Take the lemon wedge and run it around the outside of the rim of your glass. Evenly dip your glass in the salt.
  3. Make the cocktail: Put all of the ingredients and a handful of ice cubes into a shaker. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds until the cocktail fully chilled. Strain into your glass. Place the two jalapeño slices on top of your margarita.
  4. Enjoy!

 Tips / Variations:

  • Use red chilli if you can’t get hold of jalapeño.

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