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Spicy Citrus Refresher

Spicy Citrus Refresher

This big batch of jalapeño-spiced orange-lime juice keeps in the fridge for a couple of days. Pour it over ice and top it with seltzer for a refreshing alcohol-free pick-me-up, or stir a splash of rum into your serving for a cocktail.


  • 2 small jalapeños, divided
  • 12 oz. white rum (optional)

Recipe Preparation

  • Juice limes and 6 oranges into a large pitcher. (You should have about ¾ cup lime juice and 1¼ cups orange juice.) Discard lime rinds and half of the orange rinds. Cut remaining orange rinds into quarters and place in a large saucepan.

  • Coarsely chop 1 jalapeño and add to orange rinds along with sugar and salt. Using a muddler or dowel-style rolling pin, muddle rinds until thoroughly smooshed and much of the sugar and salt is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup warm water and let sit at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  • Strain orange mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into pitcher with juice, gently pressing with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Thinly slice remaining orange and add to pitcher. Remove seeds from remaining jalapeño; thinly slice into rounds and add to pitcher.

  • To serve, pour 2 oz. juice mixture and 1 oz. rum, if using, into an ice-filled glass. Top off with club soda; stir to combine.

  • Do Ahead: Juice mixture can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Recipe by Anna Stockwell and Sohla El-WayllyReviews SectionI absolutely love this recipe! It is the perfect combo of refreshing, sweet, and spicy. It is a bit time consuming for a cocktail, but it's a great cocktail to make when you have more time (for example, during a quarantine!). I added lime seltzer instead of club soda, and salted the rim of my glass.BrynnMac18Philadelphia03/25/20I was somewhat unimpressed with this. It was a lot of work but didn’t taste like anything special. In my opinion the same thing probably could have been achieved by muddling a few jalapeños slices in sugar and then adding some OJ and lime juice. Definitely didn’t need the seltzer, either. We found the tequila worked well too if you don’t like rum.

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