Jalapeño Simple Syrup is the easy and delicious way to add a kick to your cocktails! Use it to make a jalapeño margarita or turn any cocktail into a spicy, fun cocktail!
The easiest way to up your cocktail game is with simple syrups! Almost every cocktail has some sort of sweetener in it, and most cases it is a simple syrup.
A simple syrup is simply equal parts water and sugar heated until the sugar dissolves. You can make a rich simple syrup by using twice as much sugar as water and you can even make a honey simple syrup.
The beauty of the simple syrup, besides how simple it is, is that it is so easy to add another ingredient to it and make a flavored simple syrup.
Today, I finally got around to making a jalapeño simple syrup and I am kicking myself for not making it sooner. Think of all the spicy cocktails we could have been drinking!
We made an amazing Jalapeño Margarita by simply subbing out our usual simple syrup for this spicy simple syrup and it was so good. I am definitely always going to have a bottle of this in the fridge!
- Sugar - I used plain white granulated sugar for this, you can also use raw sugar or organic cane sugar. You can use honey to make a honey jalapeño syrup.
- Water - I use filtered water from the fridge.
- Jalapeño Peppers - did you know that you can freeze peppers? These are two from my garden last year. l just store the peppers in a big ziplock bag and pull them out all year long as I need them. They do lose their crunch, but keep their flavor and heat.
Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. I removed the seeds from mine because I wanted heat, but I also wanted the pepper flavor to come through. If you want it hotter, use one pepper and leave the seeds in, or be as bold as you'd like!
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, stir the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.
Add the jalapeños to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.
When cooled, strain out the jalapeños. Keep them for garnishes for you fun spicy cocktails that you'll be making, they are basically candied peppers!
Pour the simple syrup into a bottle with a lid. I like to use the dark brown bottles that we save from the Tonic Water Syrup that we buy.
This simple syrup should keep in the fridge for about a month. Be sure and label it so you know it's the spicy simple syrup!
People, I can not say enough good things about this hot pepper syrup! It is so good and we love the way it turns any cocktail into a fiery (depending on the heat level you chose) cocktail!
Once you realize how easy it is to make these syrups and how much they add to your cocktails, you will be hooked!
More Simple Syrup Recipes
Lavender Simple Syrup - a favorite. Gives cocktails a soft hint of floral flavor!
Hibiscus Simple Syrup - floral and tart this is another favorite. It makes every cocktail a pretty pink cocktail!
Ginger Simple Syrup - if you love ginger (and who doesn't) this one is for you. A little bit of heat from the ginger, loads of flavor, gives depth to every cocktail!
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Jalapeño Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar white granulated
- 1 cup water
- 2 jalapeño peppers
- Slice jalapeño peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds (or leave them in if you wish.)
- In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the peppers to the water/sugar mixture and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature.
- When cooled, strain out the jalapeños and store the simple syrup in the fridge in a lidded bottle.