Mayor Bloomberg may take away the sugar but he can’t take away the spice. Margaritas are upping the heat factor this summer and Americans are saying yes, yes, yes! The new summer cocktail trend for 2012 is the spicy margarita, and by spice, we mean caliente, served with whole chillies and peppers and jalapeno-infused tequila. Here’s a few that are doing it right.

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St Giles Hotel New York – The Court

St Giles Hotel New York – The Court has assembled a Jalapeno Margarita to kick off the summer with a bang! This spicy hottie is a brilliant infusion of Tanteo jalapeño tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar served either up or on the rocks! For more information about St Giles Hotel New York – The Court and Court Bar please visit

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

The spicy SAIA-Rita at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale consists of sliced jalapeno peppers, Cazadores Blanco, pear juice, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and a dash of Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters. All ingredients are shaken, strained into pre-iced Collins with half rimed salt and garnished with a slice of lime wheel for an elaborately ornate yet spicy beverage. For more information about B Ocean Fort Lauderdale please visitThe elegant lounge at Court Bar

EPIC Hotel

With a fresh atmosphere, and cuisine prepared by award winning chef E. Michael Reidt, Area 31 is already a Miami hot-spot. But what will really be heating things up this summer is a margarita called the Spicy Pickle, which features jalapeño-infused tequila, muddled cucumber, agave and fresh lime, garnished with homemade pickled cucumber. It may sound like something you put on a hamburger, but this is one heck of a tasty margarita! For more information about EPIC Hotel please visit

Cobalt Restaurant and Lounge at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

The Spicy Mango margarita is the summer drink of choice at Cobalt, located at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. This tangy ‘kick in the mouth’ features jalapeño-infused Partida tequila, mango nectar, Grand Marnier and, last but not least, a chiffonade of cilantro! For more information about Cobalt Restaurant and Lounge at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa please visit

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Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails at Surfcomber Miami, South Beach

Already called one of the top winter cocktails by, the Smoking Maguey at Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails is ready to take on the summer month serves. This smoky sensation, featureing Partida Blanco tequila, Del Maguey Vida, lime, agave and a smoked paprika rim, is sure to heat up anything it touches! For more information about Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails at Surfcomber Miami, South Beach please visit