Jalapeño simple syrup is both spicy and sweet and the key to an amazing margarita! It’s easy to make at home with just two key ingredients!
An abundance of jalapeños in your garden can be such a wonderful thing. If you find yourself swimming in these deliciously spicy little peppers, don’t despair.
Alas — if you are running low or even out of jars, that’s not an issue either. Simply pull off the jalapeño stem, cut them in half and remove the seeds. Throw them on the dehydrator to make this delicious jalapeño salt for yourself or for family and friends.
Any leftover peppers can be blanched and frozen in the freezer until you need them mid-winter (or, even in the spring) until your new crop is ready. I recently pulled out the remainder of our jalapeños and made this easy Jalapeño Simple Syrup to gift to a neighbor that has been willing to help me fix a few things here at the house.
Let me tell you something: it is SO delicious.
Even if you can’t tolerate the heat of jalapeños, this delicate balance of spicy and sweet will make it very tolerable.
Jalapeño Simple Syrup
Making your own simple syrup is one of the best kept secrets to making your own drinks at home. Simply combine equal parts sugar and water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
From that ratio, you can add simple flavorings — from rhubarb, to strawberries.. and jalapeños. If you drink cocktails and enjoy a really nice jalapeño margarita, then this simple syrup works beautifully well. Adding a few simple jalapeños blows this simple syrup out of the water.
To Prepare Jalapeño Simple Syrup
Simply combine equal parts sugar and water over low to medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Just as the sugar dissolves, add your jalapeños (stem and seeds removed). Allow them to simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and cool before pouring the mixture in your Vitamix. Blend well, then pour through a fine sieve (coffee filters work wonderfully well) and bottle.
Aside from using this simple syrup in your next jalapeño margarita, use it to create your own spicy soda. Combine 1/4 C. of simple syrup and top off with club soda for a refreshing drink this summer.
I love these glass syrup bottles for storage – but any bottle will do! From a canning jar to an empty, washed-out, hot sauce bottle.