The Full Plate: Spicy Serrano Margarita


Catch us celebrating all week long. This weekend, America made history with the announcement of Joe Biden as the official U.S. President-elect and Kamala Harris is the first woman ever elected to the vice presidency, in addition to being the first Black woman to be elected to national office. Damn! Of course we still have a long way to go but this is one hell of a step in the right direction.

Naturally, we celebrate wins with spicy margs. We made Ayesha Curry’s go-to spicy marg recipe which introduced us to the greatest twist on your usual salt rim, we promise you won’t ever look back. The Full Plate is Ayesha’s latest cookbook and it is fire, explore the cookbook here for quick and delicious recipes all year long. Scroll on for the ingredients and process to the greatest Spicy Serrano Margarita. Cheers to you, Cowes.


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1⁄2 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3⁄4 ounce Serrano Simple Syrup (see Ayesha’s at-home recipe below)
  • Lime wedges
  • Tajín seasoning, for rimming the glass (can be purchased here)

How To

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and serrano syrup and shake until chilled. Rim a highball glass with a lime wedge, then dip in the Tajín. Add fresh ice to the glass, pour the drink over, and garnish with a lime wedge. (We added freshly sliced jalapeno for that extra oomph!)

Sweeten the Sour 

Create your own Serrano Simple Syrup
Combine 1⁄2 cup water, 1⁄2 cup sugar, and 1 sliced serrano chile in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain and transfer to a lidded jar. Refrigerate until ready to use; the syrup will keep for 1 week.

Voila! The best spicy margarita ever… share your process with us here. 


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