Cocktails and Confessions Episode 5: Clementine-Jalapeño Margarita

February 20, 2015 | | | | | |

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Clementine-Jalapeño-Margarita-RecipeIt’s Friday, friends. Let’s talk TEQUILA.

Tequila and I have always had a tumultuous and slightly tortured relationship, especially when there are shots involved. (So much love between us when the night starts out. So much hate the next day.) In an effort to be more responsible post-college, I swore off tequila shots, a vow broken only at my 25th birthday party, when I downed several with my guests before our group got booted from La Esquina. Apparently, you’re not supposed to dance on the tables there, or insist that the DJ play only “Call Me Maybe.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t just spoil this week’s episode of Cocktails and Confessions. The story you’re about to hear is obviously much more scandalous.

But before we get to that, a few words on the Clementine-Jalapeño Margaritas that I’ll be whipping up for you momentarily. I may no longer shoot tequila, but I love me a sassy homemade marg, and this tangy, spicy version is my current favorite. And since it involves only reposado tequila (that’s the good stuff, no sugar-laden golden bs), jalapeño, fresh clementine and lime juices, and a touch of honey, it’ll perk you up tonight without laying you out tomorrow. Probably. (Maybe.)


Fun Fact: After the sleepover discussed in this episode, I couldn’t really remember what my saviors looked like. As they lived in my dorm, I undoubtedly ran into them on the reg for the next few years. Since I was never sure of their identities, anytime a couple looked at me a second too long in the dining hall, hallway, etc. I’d say something like, “Heyyy, good to see you!” or “Have a nice day!” before speed walking in the other direction. It was a mildly awkward habit, but I like to think I covered all my bases?


Clementine-Jalapeño Margarita

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces tequila reposado
  • 2 ounces fresh clementine juice That’s the juice from about 2 clementines
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño
  • ½ teaspoon honey or agave
  • For garnish: optional
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño rounds
  • Lime or clementine round


  • Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim in salt. (This is obviously optional, but I recommend it.)
  • Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice into your rimmed cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with jalapeño rounds and a lime/clementine round if you're feeling fancy.

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  1. Lauren on September 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Throwing it back to this classic! We used to make this all the time. Someone just gifted is jalapeño tequila and we knew just what to do with it.

    • Serena Wolf on September 18, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      That makes me SO happy!! I havent made this in so long, but it needs to be resurrected soon!

  2. Phoebe Lapine on February 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Serena, this cocktail looks AMAZING!! The use of clementines is brilliant – a refreshing twist on the classic margarita! xo

    • Serena_Wolf on February 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks, lady!! I’m majorly on ze clementine train right now. xox

  3. Lauren Anne on February 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I keep forgetting to ask, is that your kitchen? If so, I’m insanely jealous of your counter space!

    So much room for activities!!

    • Serena_Wolf on February 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Girl, I WISH that was my kitchen. It’s my friend’s place, who graciously lends it to me for storytelling purposes. (My kitchen has significantly less room for activities…)

      • Lauren Anne on February 24, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        That’s a good friend to have 😉

        My kitchen can only fit me and a glass (read: bottle) of wine

  4. Emily W on February 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Love these videos, so cute and fun!

    • Serena_Wolf on February 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Thanks, girl!!

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