The first step toward a healthier cocktail is to step away from the bar, ditch the pre-mixed juices, and head to the kitchen. Though it may seem less convenient than happy hour at your favorite bar, a DIY margarita is way more delicious. This marg turns up the heat with jalapeño-infused tequila, which is great for pairing with similarly flavored foods—and even just chips and salsa.

Healthier Spicy Margaritas

Recipe by: Kat Robson
Makes: 2 cocktails
​Ready in: 15 minutes


Kosher salt
4 ounces jalapeño-infused tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
2 ounces Grand Marnier
2 lime wedges, for garnish


1. Place salt onto a shallow plate. Fill a separate shallow plate with water.

2. Dip two margarita glasses into water, then into salt, riming each glass. Fill with ice and set aside.

3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add tequila, juices, and Grand Marnier, and shake well.

4. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with lime wedges.