Over the last two years, I’ve been working hard to build up my heat tolerance. Which means going out for Indian food at least once a week and ordering bottomless jalapeño lemonades at The Living Room, of course. In the process, I’ve acquired such a taste for everything fiery that I thought it due time I created my own version of my favorite cocktail in town. This one’s made by combining jalapeño-infused vodka with fresh squeezed lemonade, for the perfect sweet kick. Keep reading for the recipe – it’s perfect for enjoying on Cinco de Mayo and all summer long!

Jalapeño Lemonade Cocktail


  • 2 cups jalapeño-infused vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • jalapeño and lemon zest to garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in a pitcher and stir.
  2. Pour over ice, garnish.

Jalapeño-Infused Vodka


  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed and sliced
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 750 ml bottle vodka


  1. Combine ingredients in an air-tight jar. Set aside and let infuse for 2 days.
  2. Strain and enjoy.

*recycled margarita glasses from Hayneedle.

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Comments (18)
  1. 1
    auste April 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Oh yum! Jalapeno Margaritas are one of my favorite summertime drinks – but this sounds equally amazing. Perfect for warm summer evenings on the front porch… Cheers!

  2. 2
    Quinn Cooper April 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I like you love some spice, almost in every meal.
    So this cocktail is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it at home!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  3. 3
    AnnieD April 25, 2013 at 8:36 am

    This is right up my alley- definitely making this!

  4. 4
    Leslie April 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I have to say, I don’t have a high tolerance for spicy food. But more and more I find that I DO like spicy drinks! My favorite? A margarita with jalepeno, pineapple, and cilantro. You must try it!

    And Then The Doorbell Rang

    • Chanel Dror May 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Oooh that sounds good! Cilantro & spice make everything better, if you ask me 🙂

  5. 5
    Sarah | Sarah The Architect April 25, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Very intriguing! I can’t wait to try it out.

  6. 6
    Jeanine Donofrio April 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I love a spicy cocktail, yum! This one is going to happen real soon.

  7. 7
    Melissa April 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for this inspiration! We made these for our party last night and they were a hit! Since we didn’t have time to infuse the vodka ourselves, we bought Stoli jalapeno vodka and it worked perfectly. The garnishes were time-consuming, but adorable.

  8. 8
    Brenna April 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I love the idea of a jalapeno lemonade! Sounds perfect for a Cinco De Mayo bash.

  9. 9
    Cocktail drinks with vodka May 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Grey Goose vodka is one of the best options for jalapeño vodka lemonade.

  10. 10
    Toni November 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hi – do you have the conversion to make this for on serving instead of a pitcher? Thanks!

  11. 11
    Jim July 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I’ve made this many times. Everyone loves it!



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