Non-Alcoholic Cocktails - Spicy Margaritas Kratom Recipe with Jalapeño and Lime

Kratom Margarita: the Best Sweet and Spicy NA Recipe


Whether you’ve escaped to the beach or you’re taking a staycation, you can easily liven up your summer holiday with a kratom margarita. Don’t forget the jalapeño—the added heat really elevates the recipe from iced tea to full-fledged mocktail. This functional non-alcoholic margarita has the perfect balance of citrus, sweetness, and spice.

Tea is a common base for non-alcoholic cocktails, and kratom tea in particular is a great choice because it can impart noticeable effects, unlike most other herbal teas.

A margarita is a timeless Mexican cocktail that typically fuses the fruity notes of tequila and orange liqueur with a kick of lime. But who said we can’t add an inventive twist to a classic cocktail? We’ve done it before, and we’re not stopping now.

Plus, we’re going to intertwine the usual enjoyment of a great-tasting drink with a healthy dose of well-being and intentionality. A non-alcoholic green tea margarita artfully combines flavors influenced by traditional Southeast Asian and Aztec cultures with modern inventions and methods for creating cocktails. Plus, due to the unique properties of kratom, these tea margaritas can be both relaxing and revitalizing.

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a minute to explore our non-alcoholic margarita’s ingredients (and a few substitutions and additions you can try).

Sitting by the beach drinking a mixed kratom drink spicy margarita.
Your next vacation (or staycation) happy hour doesn’t have to be boozy. Enjoy your kratom tea spicy margarita by the pool or at the beach.

Sourcing High-Quality Ingredients for Your Kratom Tea Margarita

The classic ingredients in a margarita are tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Oftentimes, you’ll also see a sweetener on the ingredient list, as well as salt for rimming each glass and extra lime slices for garnish. While tequila is considered the be-all and end-all base for making a good margarita, we hope drink traditionalists will forgive us for straying from the intoxicating norms.

How to Substitute Tequila with Tea in Your Margarita

When you want to make a delectable citrusy cocktail without the alcohol, kratom tea is often the perfect substitution. Kratom tea on its own doesn’t taste like tequila, but with the right preparation and other ingredients, your alcohol-free margarita will be top notch.

Tea is a common base for non-alcoholic cocktails, and kratom tea in particular is a great choice because it can impart noticeable effects, unlike most other herbal teas. We use Balance, which is made with 100% green vein kratom tea, but you can use other vein colors for various occasions.

  • Kick off a day in the sun with a margarita that’s free of booze but full of invigorating and uplifting white vein kratom tea.
  • Want a drink for the afternoon or early evening that won’t necessarily make you sleepy uninhibited like alcohol might? Swap the tequila and triple sec for green vein kratom tea for an enjoyable afternoon cocktail.
  • Looking for a refreshing and unique nightcap while relaxing at home with friends or family? Try a kratom margarita with a strongly brewed batch of red vein kratom tea.

As usual, it’s important to keep in mind that these are general benefits and suggestions. Not everyone will receive the same exact benefits when drinking a particular type of kratom tea. In fact, the benefits you receive from drinking kratom tea are in large part determined by the serving size and brewing method.

Unfamiliar with how to brew kratom tea to fit your needs, or what kratom tea is good for? Not to worry. If that’s the case, you can read through a broad range of kratom how-tos and guides on the Better Brewing Blog to get to know kratom before you brew your first kratom tea margarita.

Should You Combine Alcohol and Kratom in the Same Drink?

People often ask whether or not it’s ok to combine kratom with liquor (in this case, traditional margarita ingredients such as triple sec and tequila).

As we mentioned above, kratom tea has a noticeable effect on its own. It’s made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree. These leaves contain alkaloids (akin to caffeine in coffee) that can be energizing, relaxing, and/or relieving depending upon how much of the tea you consume.

The consumption of both kratom tea and alcohol at the same time is not recommended. Alcohol and kratom both have significant effects, and combining them could lead to unpredictable outcomes.

We always recommended speaking with a healthcare professional before adding kratom tea to your routine. This is especially important if you take any medications or plan on mixing kratom with other foods and drinks that may have interacting effects. As with an alcoholic margarita, this drink isn’t recommended if you are nursing or pregnant, or if you are not comfortable consuming mildly psychoactive substances.

Tea Margarita Additions and Flavor Options

The key non-alcoholic margarita ingredients are kratom tea, lime, and jalapeño. You can also add agave or simple syrup.

No matter what your drink flavor preferences are, there’s sure to be a tea margarita variation you’ll love. Jalapeños are an incredible choice, but here are a lot of substitutions you can make to still brew up a delicious non-alcoholic margarita. Here are our favorites:

  • Jalapeño or Other Hot Peppers: Muddle fresh jalapeño slices in your glass before adding the liquid components, or create a jalapeño-infused syrup to add to your mixture. Remember, the longer you let the jalapeños steep, the spicier your margarita will be. Want to make your iced tea margarita even hotter? Try it with habanero peppers instead of jalapeños.
  • Savory Herbs: You can infuse your tea with sage, rosemary, thyme, or other aromatic herbs to introduce a rich, savory note to your drink. Sage carries a long history of culinary and medicinal use, and is often appreciated for its potential antioxidant properties.
  • Fresh Fruits: Watermelon, passionfruit, honeydew, berries, or mango are all great options. You can stir in freshly squeezed juice or add sliced chunks of fruit. There’s nothing better than having a drink with a snack built in!
  • Frozen Tea Margarita: Turn your typical iced mocktail into a frozen treat with a bit of extra ice and a blender. For a smooth, slush-like consistency, use crushed ice. It blends easily and creates a frothy, refreshing drink. You can control the frozen margarita’s thickness by adjusting the amount of ice.\

Sweet or Sour? Kratom Margarita Sweetening Tips

Traditional margaritas are on the tart side, but many people have become accustomed to sweet margaritas with simple syrup or another sweetener. The recipe below contains a small amount of agave. It adds a nice balance to the bitterness of the tea and the spice of the jalapeño.

We recommend sticking with liquid sweeteners as opposed to granulated ones. Granulated sweeteners may not dissolve fully in your iced tea, and your drink won’t be evenly sweet throughout.

Alright, let’s start brewing!

non-alcoholic tea margarita made with kratom - summer drink recipe

Non-Alcoholic Kratom Tea Margarita Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

Brew time: 20 minutes

Chill time: 1-2 hours

Servings: 4


  • 4 Balance green vein tea bags
  • 2.5 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 2-3 tbsp coarse salt or Tajín chile lime seasoning
  • 2 tbsp agave, more or less to taste
  • 3 cups ice


  1. Add water, tea bags, and 1.5 tbsp lime juice to a small pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a jar and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  3. Rub rim of glasses with a lime wedge and dip in salt to coat.
  4. Using a cocktail shaker or jar, gently muddle 4 slices of jalapeño. Then add tea, 1 tbsp lime juice, a few ice cubes, and agave. Shake until cold, about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Strain the mixture into glasses with ice. Garnish with extra slices of lime and jalapeño.


Make Your Margaritas Faster: To speed things up, make a large batch of iced kratom tea in advance. That way, you can easily whip up your kratom tea mocktails right before you want to serve them instead of brewing, chilling, and mixing all at once.

Glass Rim Alternatives: Instead of rimming the glass with salt, try tajín, a mix of mild red chili peppers, lime zest, and sea salt. To get it to stick, you can also swap out the lime for an orange slice, agave, or simple syrup. If you use agave or syrup, dilute it 1:1 with water so it won’t be overly thick.

Print the Recipe: We’ve created a kratom tea margarita recipe card that you can print out to keep the recipe accessible when you’re offline. It also makes a great addition to a box of tea that you plan on gifting to a friend.

More Great Kratom Mixed Drinks

Keep the bright, fun, and booze-free happy hours coming with one of our many mixed kratom drink and iced tea recipes. Here are a few of our absolute favorites:

We’ll see you back on the Better Brewing Blog with new kratom tea recipes soon. Until then, cheers to better brewing!

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Caro Freinberg
Caro Freinberg is the head of web design at Top Tree. After many years working in wildlife conservation and veterinary medicine, she’s become passionate about writing on environmental biology and inter-species culture. When she's not whipping up never-been-brewed-before kratom tea recipes for the blog, you'll find her hiking or biking or sketching the day away.

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