Best Dirty Margarita Recipe

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Today we bring to you a margarita that you may never have heard of: The Dirty Margarita Recipe. This twist on the classic drink is made with tequila but have a little extra something-something, like a splash of brine from olives or pickles or jalapenos.

The Dirty Margarita recipe is a bit different than the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita as it uses a brine. This gives the drink a salty flavor which is then balanced out by the sweetness of the triple sec. The effect is a complex and delicious margarita that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

We think this is such a fun way to give a margarita a twist, and for those who love spicy things; this dirty margarita will hit the spot. We know you’re going to love this one as much as we do.

THE DIRTY MARGARITA RECIPE

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The Dirty Margarita gets its name from the addition of pickled jalapeño brine. This gives the cocktail a slight greenish-brown color, hence the name “dirty.”

The Dirty Margarita is super easy to make, with just 6 ingredients that you’ll likely have on hand for the drink. It’s a great way to use up any extra brine juice, and we love that it doesn’t require any fancy setup or steps.

INGREDIENTS

To get started making this Dirty Margarita recipe, you’ll want to go gather the following ingredients.

  • Tequila – we prefer a blanco Tequila. Choose your favorite!
  • Cointreau – this will give a nice orange flavor as we like to avoid mixes around here. You could also use a triple sec instead.
  • Lime juice – Fresh lime juice is a must, this is what makes a true margarita. So make sure to have plenty of limes on hand depending on how many margaritas you plan to make.
  • Agave – Sweeten it up a bit with some agave to balance the flavors.
  • Pickled Jalapeno Brine – This is the magic ingredient for this recipe. You can either use the juice from pre canned pickled Jalapenos or you can make your own fresh batch in about 10 minutes.
  • Jalapenos – These will be used for garnish only but make sure not to forget them.

HOW TO MAKE A DIRTY MARGARITA

Now it’s time to make the Dirty Margarita recipe! Let’s get started.

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Squeeze the limes to get the fresh juice
  3. Add the tequila, contreui, agave nectar, and pickled jalapeño brine.
  4. Shake well (about 30 seconds) and strain into glasses filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeño or fresh lime wedges.
  6. Enjoy

VARIATIONS OF THE DIRTY MARGARITA

Want to try out some other ideas for making a margarita dirty? Here are some unique variations of the Dirty Margarita recipe:

  • Chile Brine Margarita: Substitute chile brine for the jalapeño brine. This variation is fantastic, and we think it would taste fantastic.
  • Olive Brine Margarita: If you’re a fan of the Dirty Martini, then this substitution will be right up your alley! Try olive brine in place of jalapeño brine.
  • Pickle Juice Margarita: Replace the jalapeño brine with pickle juice. Pickle juice always adds a pleasant surprise flavor that we love.

HOW TO SERVE A DIRTY MARGARITA

We prefer to drink a dirty margarita on the rocks, we wouldn’t recommend this one frozen. However, we do suggest salting the glass’s rim. There are so many fun ways to salt this margarita!

Ideas to salt the rim, you could mix these together for a fun flavor:

  • Kosher salt
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika

If you want to get creative, try one of these rimming ideas:

  • Sugar (white or brown)
  • Coconut flakes
  • Lemon or lime zest
  • Cayenne pepper

CAN I MAKE THE DIRTY MARGARITA RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME?

You can make a big batch of these ahead of time and store them in the fridge for up to 2 days. We recommend making a double batch so you have some on hand when the mood strikes!

Simply combine all of the ingredients except the fresh lime in a pitcher and stir well. When you’re ready to serve, add the lime, pour into glasses filled with fresh ice and garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeño.

SIDE DISHES TO SERVE WITH THE DIRTY MARGARITA

Did someone say snacks? They’re an absolute must when having a margarita! Here are some of our favorite side dishes that would go well with a dirty margarita:

  • Taco Salad
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Mexican Rice
  • Black Beans

COMMON QUESTIONS

Which jalapenos do you recommend for the brine?

We recommend using jarred, pickled jalapenos for this recipe. You can find them in the International aisle of most grocery stores.

Can I make a frozen dirty margarita?

While we prefer to drink our dirty margaritas on the rocks, you could certainly freeze this cocktail. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender with ice and blend until smooth.

Which type of tequila should I use for a dirty margarita?

We recommend using a reposado or anejo tequila for this recipe. A reposado tequila is aged for 2-12 months and has a smooth, mellow flavor. An anejo tequila is aged for 1-3 years and has a rich, complex flavor.

Do I need to salt the rim?

No, you don’t need to salt the rim of the glass but we think it makes the cocktail more enjoyable. If you decide to salt the rim, there are so many fun ways to do it! Try a mixture of salt, sugar, chile lime powder.

Now that you know how to make a dirty margarita, it’s time to get the party started! Whether you’re serving them at a casual get-together or a more formal gathering, these cocktails are sure to be a hit. And if you’re looking for something a little different, be sure to check out our other margarita recipes. Salud!

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dirty margarita recipe

The Dirty Margarita

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Today we bring to you a margarita that you may never have heard of: The Dirty Margarita. This twist on the classic drink is made with tequila but have a little extra something-something, like a splash of brine from olives or pickles or jalapenos.
The Dirty Margarita is a bit different than the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita as it uses a brine. This gives the drink a salty flavor which is then balanced out by the sweetness of the triple sec. The effect is a complex and delicious margarita that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice one lime
  • 1 tsp Agave
  • 1 oz .5 oz – 1 oz Pickled Jalapeno Brine
  • 3 Jalapenos

Instructions
 

  • HOW TO MAKE A DIRTY MARGARITA
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Squeeze the limes to get the fresh juice
  • Add the tequila, contreui, agave nectar, and pickled jalapeño brine.
  • Shake well (about 30 seconds) and strain into glasses filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of fresh jalapeño or fresh lime wedges.
  • Enjoy
Keyword agave, dirty, jalapeno, margarita, spicy, tequila

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