Chile Margarita with Paprika Salt

by on June 27, 2014

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It’s still a shock to us that half the year is almost over and that we’re entering the end of June. Still, what is more of a shock? That 4th of July is next week and we’re in June mode. Our abrupt reminder was last night when someone ignited some illegal fireworks in our neighborhood that made us we realize two things: One, Christmas is around the corner and two, it’s time to start thinking of good food and drinks for next week’s bbq’s. 

To start celebrating both America’s birthday and the USA soccer team advancing to the knock out stage (yes!) it’s time to have a few drinks. This chile margarita is a favorite and it’s quite appropriate for both Summer occasions. Yes, regular margaritas are great and have always been appreciated, but there’s just something a little more exciting about making it spicy. 

We wanted to spice things up because we love the tingle of heat. We’re tingly-type of drinkers. 

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Add some fresh lime juice, a healthy addition of tequila, sweetness of simple syrup and finally the tingle of spicy heat and what you have is joy in a glass. In fact, it’s a spicy little celebration in a class because we took it up a notch and added paprika salt to the rim. 

Boom. Paprika salt is what takes this cocktail over the edge and making everyone asking for a second helping. Or sip. 

Really, you should try it this weekend and take this cocktail for a test drive yourself. That way, you can test the heat of your chili peppers because they vary so much in heat. And you can decide exactly how many pitchers of this beautiful thing you need to prepare. Pitchers. Think of this cocktail in possible pitchers. 

have a great weekend everyone, 

diane and todd

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Chile Margarita Recipe

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Total Time: 15 min

Recipe from our cookbook Bountiful. Chile peppers will vary in heat intensity, so add the serranos a bit at a time to find your preferred heat level. We like this cocktail to have a hint of tingle, but not to overwhelm the cocktail.


  • Lime wedge
  • Paprika salt (see note 1)
  • Ice
  • 1½ ounces tequila
  • 1½ ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (see note 2)
  • A few dashes orange bitters
  • ¼ serrano chile, chopped


  1. Rub the rim of an old-fashioned cocktail glass (or other glass of your choice) with the lime wedge.
  2. Put the paprika salt in a small dish and dip the rim of the glass in the paprika salt to lightly coat. Add ice cubes to the glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and serrano. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into the prepared glass and serve.

note 1:

Paprika salt is a simple 3:1 ratio of kosher or other flaky salt to paprika. It keeps well, so make as large a batch as you’d like to store. These quantities make enough to rim one or two glasses.
1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
Mix together the salt and paprika until well combined.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

note 2:

Simple syrup for this recipe is a 1:1 ratio of sugar:water. Combine the sugar and water together in a saucepan and heat to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. We usually make a 2 cups sugar : 2 cups water batch and store it in the fridge for about a month, using it as needed.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Valerie June 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

*eep!* Methinks I’ll need at least three tingly margaritas after learning that we’re halfway through 2014 (the polar vortex just vaporized last week, right?). Scrumptious photos!


2 Nicole June 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

I was totally converted to margaritas with orange bitters after your original post. I never make them any other way now. I do however love the idea of spicing things up a bit!


3 Matt Robinson June 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

This is the best marg I have seen in a while, love the flavors!!!


4 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

Looks like a perfect summer drink – I’ll take a few :) pinned!


5 pam (Sidewalk Shoes) June 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I know what I’m having this weekend! By the way, you guys were fantastic on Creative Live!


6 Julie Ashborn June 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

I love spicy margaritas! Actually I love any spicy cocktail. These look delicious. Will defintely be adding this to my 4th of July menu.


7 Fallon September 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

This became the summer drink of 2014 for my boyfriend and I. My mother initially introduced me to your website, she was smitten with all of the great recipes and beautiful photos….so I gifted her Bountiful. Turns out I can’t stop borrowing it, or asking her to send me recipes! This and many others have become a staple for me, the shishito peppers, radish salsa, fennel pizza, basil chicken, and the list just goes on.

Thank you for compiling so many delicious, healthy, and fun recipes in one pretty book. Also, thank you for posting new and exciting ones on your website.

- Fallon


8 White on Rice Couple September 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thanks so much! Glad you loved Bountiful!
T & D


9 Maryjane November 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm

My partner and I just started a business by the name of Damn Good Pepper. We discovered that Margaritas are great with eat on accident. We try our product on everything. I think it would go very good in this drink. If you have a recipe for bloody Mary or a ceasar. Damn Good Pepper really adds a kick.


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