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Sweet and Spicy Margarita Recipe-- Perfect for Summer Sippin'!

Updated on October 21, 2012
A delicious margarita made with powdered sugar, lime juice, and crushed red pepper is a perfect summer drink!
A delicious margarita made with powdered sugar, lime juice, and crushed red pepper is a perfect summer drink! | Source

This is a unique take on the standard favorite. My recipe uses powdered sugar and fresh lime juice instead of the usual sweet-and-sour mix for a cleaner, less chemical flavor. Crushed red pepper flakes and a glass rimmed with a special Mexican chile powder add heat to the mix, and presentation is completed with a slice of cucumber or a wedge of lime. If you love margaritas, and you love hot and spicy, you can't go wrong with this awesome summer drink!

This recipe makes one delicious Sweet and Spicy Margarita.

4.4 stars from 7 ratings of Sweet and Spicy Margarita


1 oz tequila blanco

1 oz orange liqueur (such as triple sec or grand marnier)

1 oz lime juice (fresh squeezed or from a bottle)

1 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Trechas brand chile powder mix

lime wedge or cucumber slice


First, prepare your glass--make sure it is clean and dry. Then wet just the rim of the glass by running a wedge of lime around it, enough for the chile powder to stick. Pour some Trechas chile powder onto a flat plate and roll the rim of the glass around in it to pick up some of the powder, all the way around the glass. (You could also use a drink rimmer.)

Combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, powdered sugar, and red pepper flakes in a cocktail shaker, and fill up with ice cubes. Place the top on the shaker, and shake for about 20 seconds.

Pour the mixture into your prepared glass through the strainer in your shaker to avoid getting ice into the glass. Add a wedge of lime or a slice of cucumber, serve, and enjoy!

Love Mexican Food? This recipe will go perfectly with my Salsa Verde Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas!


Not spicy enough? It's possible that your red pepper flakes are a little old--they lose their kick over time, especially if they've had exposure to air or light. I recommend saving those old flakes for cooking (where the heat can bring back some of the spice), and getting a brand new bottle for your favorite new margarita :)

Trechas chile powder is a mixture of sugar, salt, and red pepper, and can also be used sprinkled on fruit and vegetables for a spicy healthy snack! It's particularly good on cucumber, mangoes, and all kinds of melon. Also try it on pineapple, oranges, or carrots!

Thanks for reading! You may also like my recipe for Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur. Enjoy!

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