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Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

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Annnd, less than 2 weeks after we came home from Austin, I’m back in ATX!

Well, this time I’m just here for a few days for SXSW. And ironically this time, it’s actually chillier and cloudier here than in Kansas City. (Go figure.)  Still, it’s Austin, and it’s warm and weird and wonderful, and I’m already happily back on a diet of eating Mexican food all day, every day. Which, of course, must include a few margaritas here and there.

Kathryne and I took ourselves on quite the margarita tour of Austin during our stay last month, doing our best to “research” everything from avocado to habanero-ginger to watermelon-elderflower to — of course — the classic margaritas, and everything in between. But we were surprised to see that one of the most popular margaritas around town was one of my old favorites: cucumber. Even better, spicy cucumber.

I’ve been a fan for years, but never actually tried making cucumber margs myself. So after I arrived back in Kansas City, I invited a bunch of friends over for a girls night, and finally made ’em happen. And I have to say, they might have been even more delicious in Kansas City. ;)


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Actually, I ended up playing around with the recipe for these a few times during the week that I arrived back home. (Annnnd subsequently hosted a few more happy hours.)  :)

The first time, I was making an enormous batch, so I lugged out my juicer and used it to squeeze every last ounce out of those limes and oranges and cucumbers. They were awesome, but frankly I’m not a big fan of my juicer and the time it takes to clean it.

So the second time, I tried going the super-simple route and just muddled everything, and then let the mixture refrigerate for a few hours so that the cucumber and jalapeno were infused naturally. It was also decent, but there wasn’t enough cucumber flavor.

The third time — always the charm — I went with the ol’ blender.

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And it worked like a charm.
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Just puree all of the good stuff, strain out the pulp, muddle in your desired amount of jalapeno and….

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…serve it up! I rimmed my glasses with a simple sweet chili salt, which I completely recommend. Otherwise, garnish however you’d like, and enjoy every last sip. :)

Thanks for the inspiration, Austin!

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Spicy Cucumber Margaritas

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  • Yield: 2 servings 1x



Margarita Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon agave (use more/less to taste)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thick coins
  • 1 small jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • optional garnishes: extra thinly-sliced cucumber rounds, extra jalapeno slices, and/or lime wedges

Sweet Chili Rim Salt Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon (coarse) kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used turbinado)


To Make The Margarita:

  1. Add tequila, lime juice, agave, orange juice, and cucumber to a blender.  Pulse for 1 minute, or until the mixture is smooth.  Strain out the liquid into a cocktail shaker.  Add the jalapeno slices, and muddle until the margarita has your desired level of heat.  (Note that the longer the jalapenos sit in the mixture, the more they will release their flavor, so heads up!)  Add a handful of ice, and shake the mixture vigorously for a few seconds so that it is chilled.  Then immediately strain it into serving glasses that have been rimmed with salt (see below), filled with ice, and topped with optional garnishes.

To Make The Sweet Chili Rim Salt:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.  Run a lime wedge around the edge of your serving glass, then dip it into the salt until the rim is coated.  Repeat with remaining glasses.

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34 comments on “Spicy Cucumber Margaritas”

  1. oooh yum! I love cucumber in drinks it’s just so refreshing! I am sure the addition of a little spice gives this a real kick! Definitely going on my summer to try list!

    Lauren xx

  2. Spicy cucumber…..yum yum. put me in coach, I’m ready to play. Seriously, these look really good, the rim salt is nifty as well. And it’s been a looooooog week (and I’m not just saying that because I have 2 Weinerdogs). Green food and green drinks are awesome for St. Paddy’s Day. 

  3. Magaraitas tour = best tour ever! These look fabulous! Perfect for a girls night…or any night!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a margarita so pretty. You know how to make ’em shine, Ali! Pinned pinned pinned

  5. so who drank all those trial batches…hmmmm?

  6. Oh gosh, this looks terrif. I’m surprised you came back from Austin. I went there last year to visit my friend and I’m in the process of relocating. Just trying to find a job. I LOVE Austin.

    While I was there, my friends and I had dinner at Jack Allen’s Kitchen and I had a cucumber jalapeno marg. So. Good. Thanks for posting this.

  7. I must say I’ve never had a cucumber marg, let alone a spicy one. Me thinks that must change very soon! The weather here in Cali is hitting the 90’s this weekend and I’m pretty sure a cuc marg is the perfect poolside beverage :) 

  8. Go see Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers while you are at SXSW.  And sample their mexican moonshine tequila.  It’s well worht it!!! 

  9. Annnnd this is pretty much my dream cocktail!

  10. gimme some margys please!

  11. What a great way to slide in some cucumbers. Margarita time! Love me a margarita with Mexican. Glad you had a great trip that inspired this yummy drink!

  12. Blendtec to the rescue.  Again.  This recipe sounds great, but I could find how many servings it makes.  Sounds like it would be in the 4-6 range?

  13. I had never even heard of a cucumber margarita before reading this post and now it’s all I can think about…what a fun combination! 

  14. I need this in my life! I love cucumber in cocktails – so clean and fresh!

  15. Do you think I can make the mix and store it for a few ours ahead of time and then pour it over ice?

    I didn’t know if any of the ingredients would separate or if it’s all clear liquid after straining. 


    • Hey Lori! I haven’t tried that, but I think it should be fine! I would just strain right before you’re ready to drink them. Enjoy!

  16. Also, one other comment. Sometimes in Texas, particularly Austin since that is where Titos is manufactured, cucumber-jalapeño margaritas are made with local vodka instead of tequila. It produces a milder, more refreshing beverage. 

  17. Made a close version to these tonight and they were so delicious. Also great if you blend in some fresh mint. Thanks for the great recipe idea!

    • Oooh good call on the fresh mint! And you’re so welcome, we’re glad you enjoy the recipe!

  18. This sounds very close to a drink I enjoy when visiting San Antonio.  That one has basil and is rimmed with Tajin seasoning.   I think I’ll give your version a spin for Superbowl Sunday, but make it like my favorite San Antonio version.  
    Thank you! 

    • Thanks Judy! We hope you enjoy it — we’re intrigued by that Tajin seasoning rim! :)

  19. Love the combo of the cool cucumbers with the spicy! Sounds so good!

  20. These drinks are killer , my husband does not care for cucumbers but really likes this combo! Awesome summer drink! Thank you agsin

  21. Hi Ali,

    Honestly, you’ve shared some really scrumptious recipes here and oh my gosh, I just want ALL of them. I’m totally drooling over here!

    • Thanks for your sweet words, Jane — we hope you enjoy the margaritas! :)

  22. This was amazing! Really loved the swwet chili rim sauce; it was the perfect touch – plus the cucumber made this so refreshing.

  23. Honestly, you’ve shared a really scrumptious margarita recipe here and oh my gosh I’m totally drooling over it right now!

  24. I made these for a community party and I loved it1! I did put cas in the blender but everything else I juice. My new favorite drink!

  25. Did you have this exact drink at ZTejas? I’m pretty sure you did. You should at least give them a shout out.

    • Nope, I’ve actually not heard of that restaurant. We had them in various spots around Austin, so this was a recipe inspired by the various margs we loved in general.

  26. Go to recipe for spicy cucumber margs! Great balance of flavors!

  27. So good!! I probably would have preferred using my juicer over the blender, though…I hate trying to strain blended purées. It ends up being more work and clean up in my opinion, or at least with my equipment!