Cocktails & Apéritifs, Essensia, Fall, Spring, Summer

Looking to shake up your margarita game with a little extra spice? This Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Margarita recipe uses the citrusy sweetness of Essensia in place of Triple Sec or Cointreau for a refreshing cocktail with a kick! Muddled jalapeño makes a magical pairing with our Orange Muscat dessert wine for flavorful balance of sweet & spice in a margarita that’s everything nice. Serve it during summer barbecues, taco night, or to bring the heat when winter weather rolls through.


1 oz. Essensia Orange Muscat
1½ oz. reposado tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. agave nectar
1 jalapeño pepper (seeds removed and sliced)
1 dash of orange bitters
Garnishes: salt and sugar (for rim of glass), sliced jalapeño, lime wedges


Mix equal parts salt and sugar on a plate. Rim a rocks or cocktail glass with juice from a lime wedge, then dip the rim in the sugar and salt mix.

Place desired number of jalapeño slices and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the jalapeño in the nectar, then add the other margarita ingredients and ice. Shake until mixed and well chilled. Strain into your glass rimmed with salt and sugar. Garnish with extra slices of jalapeño if desired.

Sweet & Spicy Jalapeño Margarita RecipeQuady Essensia Orange Muscat is a full-bodied, sweet wine made with orange muscat grapes. Its spiced orange-apricot-pear flavors and aromas are the perfect enhancement to the spicy nature of jalapeños and the sour in lime juice for a delicious interplay of sweet and spicy flavors. This Jalapeño Margarita is sure to become a new favorite! Essensia is also a fabulous dessert wine to sip alongside desserts and cheeses of all kinds. Bake with it, sip it, add it to cocktails, and enjoy the essence of orange muscat grapes embodied in this wine for a true treat in every sense.

Essensia Orange Muscat Dessert Wine with cheese and crackers and a glass of Essensia

Looking for more margarita recipe ideas? Try our Smoked Orange Mezcal Margarita and Orange Coconut Cream Margarita – both made with Essensia. And don’t forget, if you try them and like them, make sure to let us know by tagging us on social @quadywinery … cheers!

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