This spicy jalapeno syrup recipe is a basic simple syrup infused with jalapenos. Yielding a delightful concoction that's both a tad sweet and pleasantly spicy. It's an ideal addition to a variety of drinks, from refreshing lemonade to the increasingly popular spicy margaritas.
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The rise in popularity of spicy margaritas has paved the way for inventive variations, like my pineapple jalapeno margarita, and even unique twists on classic recipes, such as a vodka margarita enhanced with a hint of this jalapeno syrup.
Sugar- Use granulated white sugar
Water- I recommend filtered water for a clean flavor.
Jalapenos- I prefer to measure by heat and the number of jalapenos rather than a measurement quantity of cups. I typically add 1 to 2 based on how hot that crop of peppers is.
I advise against using habanero peppers, as they tend to overpower the flavors in my drink, turning into a heat bomb.
If I had to pick a substitute pepper it would definitely be serrano peppers, but just 1. Serranos are 2 times specier on the Scoville Heat unit. While Haberasos are about 20 times hotter than jalapenos.
Salt- This doesn't make the syrup salty but rather it adds a subtly different taste.
💭 How to Adjust the Heat Level
I recommend tasting a bit of the jalapeno first. If it is mild to medium add two peppers, if it is a hot one, just add one pepper.
My default is 2 medium size jalapeno peppers for a medium level of spice.
If the pepper is very hot, removing the seeds and veins tones down the spiciness.
Once your syrup is complete if it is not spicy enough, you can return it to the heat and add another fresh sliced pepper.
If it is too spicy make additional simple syrup and add it to the spicy syrup to essentially water it down.
⏲️ How to Make Jalapeno Simple Syrup
I don't recommend my microwave simple syrup for this recipe, as the jalapenos need to simmer in the sugar water.
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heating it over medium-low until the sugar dissolves.
Add the sliced jalapenos and, if desired, a pinch of salt to the simple syrup, letting it simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes to infuse.
After removing it from the heat, let it cool; you don't want to add hot syrup directly to your drink. Strain the syrup using a fine mesh to remove the jalapeno slices and any seeds.
🥗How to Use Spicy Simple Syrup
This syrup is incredibly versatile! Drizzle it on pepperoni pizza for a surprising twist, or add it to fruity lemonade or iced tea for a spicy kick.
But don't worry, I am here for the spicy cocktails and jazzing up your favorite drinks. My favorite is a blood orange margarita, where the citrusy sweetness beautifully complements the spicy syrup.
Your jalapeno simple syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Check my full instructions on storing infused simple syrup if you want more details.
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💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Simply increase the sugar and water proportionally, ensuring they're always in equal parts. Add jalapenos to taste.
For a rich simple syrup, opt for a 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio. Perfect for drizzling over savory foods, but maybe a bit sweet for drinks.
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Spicy Jalapeno Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 fresh jalapeños sliced (adjust for desired spice level)
- Pinch of salt optional
- Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar in a saucepan, stirring over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the sliced jalapenos and them to the sugar-water mixture. Add a pinch of salt if deisred.1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1-2 fresh jalapeños, Pinch of salt
- Bring to a low simmer and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes to infuse flavors. Remove from heat, cool for a few minutes, and strain the syrup to remove jalapeño slices.