Jalapeno Simple Syrup is a spicy and boldly flavored addition to cocktails, marinades, and more! It’s easy to make with 3 simple ingredients and lasts for up to a month.
Homemade jalapeno simple syrup
Have you ever wanted to easily add bold, spicy flavors to your cocktails? Then you’ll love this Jalapeno Simple Syrup! Not only is it easy to make with just 3 ingredients, but it’s a perfect fit for spicy margaritas, jalapeno palomas, marinades, glazes, and more.
It may sound like homemade jalapeno syrup is going to be overwhelmingly spicy, but the sugar and hot peppers balance each other quite nicely. Plus, you can adjust the heat by leaving the peppers to steep in the syrup longer or by using a whole pepper instead of sliced.
Want to experiment with more simple syrup infusions? Check out these 15+ Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes for more fun creations!
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is made by simmering equal parts sugar and water together. After the sugar dissolves, the mixture becomes thick and viscous. It’s a sweet ingredient that can add balance and flavor to cocktails, mocktails, whipped cream, cakes, and more.
- Water - Use regular tap water or take the flavor up a notch with filtered water.
- Sugar - Granulated sugar is best here. You can use regular white sugar or turbinado sugar, caster sugar, or demerara sugar for a deeper color and flavor profile.
- Jalapenos - Fresh jalapenos only! Slice them up (seeds, veins, and all) and toss them in the sugar mixture. The flavors from this spicy chili pepper will seep into the syrup, giving the end result a slightly sweet, earthy, and spicy finish.
How to make jalapeno simple syrup
Step 1: Make the simple syrup. Simmer the water and sugar together in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Infuse with the jalapenos. Toss in the sliced jalapenos and continue heating for 30 seconds. Afterward, remove the saucepan from the heat and leave the peppers to steep.
Step 3: Strain and enjoy! You can strain the solids from the jalapeno syrup once it’s completely cool or leave them in if you like it extra spicy. Use the spicy syrup right away or bottle it for later.
Tips and tricks
- Not a huge fan of spice? Simmer the whole jalapenos instead of the slices. This way, you avoid the jalapeno seeds, flesh, and veins (where most of the heat and spice resides) from getting into the simple syrup.
- For an extra spicy jalapeno simple syrup - Leave the sliced jalapenos in the syrup instead of straining them.
- Instead of jalapenos - Take it up a notch and use slightly hotter serrano or habanero peppers instead.
How to use spicy simple syrup
The best way to use jalapeno simple syrup is in spicy margaritas. Swap the honey syrup in my Tequila Honey Bee Margarita for jalapeno syrup or add a little to these Coconut Pineapple Margaritas instead.
That’s not all! You can use the spicy syrup anywhere you need an extra boost of flavor, such as:
- In passion fruit mojitos, jalapeno martinis, and gin gimlets.
- For a spicy kick in a paloma cocktail.
- A flavor-booster in creative mocktail recipes.
- Drizzled over waffles, pancakes, savory crepes, or corn and zucchini fritters.
- In marinades or sauces for grilled meat and vegetables.
- In glazes for fruit salads, dinner rolls, and savory quick breads.
To store: Keep the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last for about 1 month.
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Jalapeno Simple Syrup
- Paring Knife
- Cutting Board
- 1 cup (240 g) Water
- 1 cup (200 g) Granulated Sugar
- 1 Jalepeno, sliced
- Pour your measured water and sugar into a saucepan and heat on medium1 cup Water, 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Cook, stirring the mixture until your sugar has completely dissolved.
- Add sliced jalepeno and continue heating for 30 seconds before removing from heat
- Allow syrup to infuse for half an hour as the simple syrup cools completely
- Strain syrup into an airtight container and store in the fridge