Here’s The Recipe For One Of Sydney’s Best Spicy Margaritas

By Jessica Best

ice splashing in spicy margarita

There are some venues in Sydney that are known for shaking up a damn good margarita and the crew at Milpa Collective take front and centre with this famed cocktail.

Heading venues like Carbon, Taqiza, Sonora, Calita and La Palma, if you’re going to take some intel on how to make the ultimate spicy margarita, no doubt it needs to be from this team.

Here’s how to make one of Sydney's best spicy margaritas at home. 

Ingredients For Spicy Margarita


  • 1 jalapeno (sliced)
  • 2 Arbol chillies (you can find these in Latin stores but if you cannot find it, you can add an extra jalapeno instead)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water



  • Ice
  • Lime Wedge
  • Small Plate

Before you get mixing, you can stock up on cocktail making kits, bar essentials and epic glassware here.

Method For Spicy Margarita


Step 1 

Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan and stir it at medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely.

Step 2

Reduce the heat to low. Add the Jalapeno and the Arbol chillies to the syrup and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Strain the syrup and taste it, so you can check how spicy it is.

Step 4

Store in a bottle if possible.


Step 1

Place the Tajin or chilli salt on a small plate, you can moisten the glass rim with a wedge of lime (keep the wedge for garnish).

Step 2

Place your glass upside down on the plate straight into the salt. 

Step 3

Add the tequila, lime juice, triple sec and your homemade jalapeno syrup to your shaker. Add one small scoop of ice.

Step 4

Shake firmly for 10 seconds.

Step 5

Strain it into your margarita glass. Add the lime wedge for garnish.

Next up, try your hand at The Winery's famous mulled wine.

Image credit: Milpa Collective

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