Margaritas Aren’t Just for Summer


The combination of tangy lime and sweet orange liqueur with the distinctive sharpness of blanco tequila make the classic margarita an enduring favorite. When I envision where I would drink a margarita, the first spot that comes to mind is a pristine Mexican beach. There is no cocktail quite as refreshing on a hot summer day.

The margarita has often gone in the same category as rosé wine for me — a delicious summer indulgence that I don’t see too much of between September and April. Enter: Jackson’s warming answer to your winter tequila craving: the spicy margarita. Just a hint of spice transforms the margarita from a cooling summer refreshment to the perfec après ski drink to warm you up from the inside out.

One of the most popular spicy margaritas in town can be found at the Mangy Moose. The top secret recipe definitely packs a lot of heat, especially if you order it with the spicy wings. The recipe is very similar to the spicy at Calico, which migrated to the Mangy Moose in 2002 when both spots were under the same ownership. Calico’s spicy mix includes tequila soaked in fresh pineapple, strawberries and jalapeños. 

Blood Orange and Traditional Spicy Margs at Spur

Spur Restaurant & Bar’s spicy margarita, another après ski favorite, comes in three mouthwatering options: blood orange, passion fruit, and traditional. The combination of fresh lime, lemon and orange with just a splash of margarita mix gives Spur’s margarita major flavor. Recipe included here, so you can try it at home.

The Spicy Hatch

Last but not least, swing by Hatch for their Margarita Mondays, when their traditional, spicy, and Paloma margaritas are just $6. The Spicy Hatch is perfectly simple with just three ingredients: Tanteo jalapeño tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar, garnished with a wheeled lime and jalapeño slice. 

Spur's Traditional Spicy Margarita


  • 2 limes
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces spicy tequila
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Splash of margarita mix


  • Muddle fruit in a shaker.
  • Add ice, tequila and Triple Sec.
  • Add orange juice and margarita mix, puree as well if requested.
  • Shake or roll into a pint glass.
  • Salted rim optional.

About Author

Rosie Hansen has lived in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York City and is thrilled to now be in Jackson Hole - a small town with a big food scene. Growing up, Rosie didn’t have one cook in the house, so she quickly learned the value of an excellent restaurant meal. Now in her twenties, she knows how to debone a trout and isn’t afraid to butcher a whole butternut squash. Rosie’s favorite food memories are from her travels... the freshest green papaya salad in Thailand, decadent burrata ravioli in Florence, crispy street food falafel in Paris, and the perfect slice of toro sashimi in Tokyo.

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