Spicy Pickle Margarita Recipe – Fit Foodie Finds

This spicy pickle margarita is a true pickle-lovers dream made with leftover pickle juice and classic margarita mix-ins.

A glass of drink with a pickle and lime slices.

Why You’ll Love this Spicy Pickle Margarita

We had the genius idea at the studio the other day to make another pickle-based cocktail. If you didn’t know, we’re huge dill pickle fans and pickle juice is such a fabulous mix-in for cocktails.

This spicy pickle margarita is simply made with classic margarita ingredients such as lime juice, tequila, and triple sec, but we added dill pickle juice and jalapeños for a fancy variation.

Here’s what you need:

  • Pickle juice – we prefer a dill pickle juice for this as butter pickles might be a little too sweet.
  • Tequila: we used our favorite tequila – Espolon Blanco.
  • Triple sec: any kind of orange liquor works.
  • Jalapeños: if you like it spicy, keep the seeds. If you don’t like a ton of spice, ditch them.
  • Lime juice: fresh lime juice, please.
A plate with cucumbers, limes and a bottle of vodka.

How spicy is this margarita?

It all depends on how spicy your jalapeños are. If you don’t like things too spicy, make sure to remove all of the seeds. If you’re a huge spice person- add the seeds into the shaker!

What kind of pickles are the best for pickle margaritas?

We prefer dill pickles for this recipe. We used Calussen Koshker Dill Pickles.

Can I make this N/A?

Absolutely! And, actually, our secret is adding a little vinegar to N/A drinks to give them that same zip you get from alcohol. So, omit the tequila and tiple sec and add about 1/2 oz. of orange juice and you’re good to go!

A person pouring a liquid into a jar of pickles.
Two glasses of jalapeno margarita with lime and jalapeno.


  • 3 oz. high-quality tequila
  • 3 oz. orange liquor
  • 3 oz. dill pickle juice we used Claussen Kosher Dill Pickles
  • ½ medium jalapeño thinly sliced*
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

For Serving

  • ½ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Lime wedges
  • Optional- sparkling water


  • Make your margarita: add the tequila, triple sec, pickle juice, jalapeños, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and put the lid on. Shake the cocktail until mixed

    A person pouring a liquid into a jar of pickles.
  • Make your fancy rim: Add the Lawrys seasoning and cayenne pepper to a plate and mix to combine. Rub a lime wedge around the top of your cocktail glass glass. Then dip the top of the glass in the spicy seasoning.

    A person sprinkling salt on a glass with limes and jalapenos.
  • Serve: add a handful of ice into your cocktail glasses and then pour in the spicy margarita.

    A person pouring a drink into a glass with limes and jalapenos.
  • Garnish: serve with pickle slices, jalapeñoo slices, and lime wedges. Option to top your margarita off with some sparkling water if you like a little fizz.

Tips & Notes

  • Spice: if you don’t like things so spicy, make sure to remove the seeds in your jalapeños If you love spice, add more jalapeños and keep the seeds.
  • Increase or decrease the cayenne pepper to control the spice on the outside

Nutrition facts

Calories: 248kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 0.2g Fat: 0.2g Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 14g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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