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.
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.
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.