Habanero Margarita!

Yes, it’s January and it’s freeezzzing and we’re cold and shivering in oversized shoes and raggedy coats, trying to warm up with fistfuls of matches and perhaps a cold margarita doesn’t quite fit into this scenario.


Margarita RecipeThen again, perhaps a margarita is exactly what you need in order to trick your brain into thinking it’s summer again and you’re actually laying poolside and tanned, reading some mystery novel and applying sunscreen on the hour. (Or perhaps you live in the Southern hemisphere and you actually are laying poolside and tanned. Jealous! Send me a one-way ticket, please, to wherever you are. I won’t eat much.)

While I posted my patented* “3-2-1 margarita” recipe for Cinco de Mayo already, I don’t think I’ve told you about how easy it is (impossibly simple, really) to make a spicy habanero-infused margarita. Well, I’m telling you now: it’s easy. Here’s how.



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Spicy, fruity habanero margarita

  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • Ice
  • Salt


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the tequila.
  2. Slice the habanero pepper thinly and add 2-4 slices to the shaker. (More if you like it really spicy!)
  3. Shake for 10 seconds.
  4. Add the lime juice and orange liqueur and shake 10 more seconds.
  5. Rim your glasses if you like: Rub a lime wedge along the rim, then dip in salt.
  6. Fill the glasses with ice and strain your margarita into them.
  7. Garnish with a slice of habanero or lime

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  1. Michael Hodges on January 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Looks rad tad!

    • Hilah on January 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Michael! 🙂

  2. Diane on January 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Must try soon; is it too early for patio drankin?. And I’ve always used 2 parts tequila to one of triple sec. You have made me so confused!!!

    • Hilah on January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Never too early for patio drankin’. What part lime do you use?

      • Diane on January 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Don’t judge me! Six jiggers tequila, three of triple sec, and the juice of two limes (and sometimes, if I get crazy, half an orange).

        • Hilah on January 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          No judging in my house, dude! Sounds awesome. You should make me some.

          • Diane on January 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm

            Any time! We can have a margarita-off, so I can try the habenero ones!

          • Hilah on January 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

            Yes, please!

  3. Sajjad on March 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Hi HILLAH!!
    I love you because I think you are delicious like your cooking!!!!
    What if you were my wife or mother or S.O who cooked for me this delicious Foods.
    love U, Sajjad

    • Hilah on March 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Hello Sajjad! Thank you for your complimentary words! I’m glad you like the recipes.

  4. Amelia on March 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    No agave or simple syrup?

    • Hilah on March 6, 2019 at 10:44 am

      If you like you can add to taste. I really dislike sweet margaritas and the orange liqueur is plenty of sweetener for me.

  5. J R DURYEE on December 14, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Great recipe, I added it to my list a few years ago and it’s morphed:
    3 oz Habanero Simple Syrup
    4.5 oz Tequila
    1 oz Cointreau
    3 oz Fresh Squeezed lime juice

    Chili powder and salt on the rim, on the rocks

    • Hilah on December 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for sharing your version, JR!

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