Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail

Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail


A refreshing cocktail that features tequila, Campari, and citrus for a great alternative to a traditional margarita. However, this siesta includes jalapeño to balance out the tequila as well as a spicy kick that’s sure to knock your socks off. 


A spicy jalapeño siesta cocktail in a coupe glass


A Margarita Alternative

Although we love a good Frozen Mango Cerveza Margarita or Sparkling Skinny Poloma when the weather starts to warm up, sometimes it’s nice to mix it up. 

A siesta is a cocktail that also features tequila but it has the addition of Campari which adds a slight bitterness that compliments the tart lime and grapefruit juice. 


Muddling the jalapeño with the tequila in a cocktail shaker


Bring On the Heat

Best yet, this fun drink also includes muddled jalapeño. Not only does it add irresistible spiciness but the pepper also tames the tequila. 

Finally, a splash of agave is added to sweeten the drink. Yum, yum, YUM! 


Juicing the lime into a cocktail shaker filled with tequila, compari, agave, and ice



  • Tequila The earthy flavors in tequila are a perfect base for this drink. 
  • Campari –  Campari’s tart and dry characteristics as well as its bright red hue compliment the tequila. 
  • Grapefruit and Lime – Bright citrus refreshes your taste buds as you sip. 
  • Jalapeño –   Subtle heat comes through at the end keeping you coming back for more. 
  • Agave Nectar Sweet agave syrup helps to blend all of the flavors together, mellowing the tart citrus and bitter Campari. 


Straining the jalapeño out of the drink


FAQ & Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail Tips:

  • Do you have to include Campari

    • Nope, the Campari is optional but that’s what truly creates a siesta. Without it, you will basically have a spicy grapefruit margarita.
  • Switch Up the Citrus

    • Not the biggest fan of grapefruit? Try replacing it with orange or lemon juice instead. 
  • Make It Frozen

    • Warm weather? ☀️ Try blending this drink for a frozen siesta cocktail that’s perfect for cooling you off. 


A spicy jalapeño siesta cocktail in a coupe glass with another drink in the background


Awaken Your Senses

This Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail has it all- easy to make, sip, and it’s oh-so-refreshing. Cheers! 🍹


Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail ingredients Sliced lime, grapefruit, and jalapeño on a cutting board

Juicing the lime into a cocktail shaker filled with tequila, compari, agave, and ice The ingredients for a spicy jalapeño siesta cocktail in a cocktail shaker prior to shaking

Straining the jalapeño out of the drink A spicy jalapeño siesta cocktail in a coupe glass


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A spicy jalapeño siesta cocktail in a coupe glass

Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 0 min.
  • Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: 2 Drinks 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shake, Strain
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A sweet and spicy adult drink made with tequila, Campari, and citrus. This easy to make Spicy Jalapeño Siesta Cocktail brings the heat!


  • 1 Fresh Jalapeño (Stem and Seeds Removed)
  • 4 oz. White Tequila
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice (Approx. 2 limes)
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice (Approx 1/2 grapefruit)
  • 1 oz. Agave Syrup


  1. Add the prepared jalapeño and the tequila to a glass and muddle them thoroughly. 
  2. Strain the tequila into a cocktail shaker along with the rest of the ingredients. 
  3. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. 
  4. Strain into two glasses. Garnish with a grapefruit peel, if desired and enjoy cold. Cheers!


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