Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail from La Sandia's
This spicy margarita begins with a DIY habanero and blood orange puree. It's the perfect way to spice up your tequila routine. Photo Courtesy: © La Sandia's
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Here is a spicy margarita recipe that is a little different from many you will find. The Habanero Blood Orange Margarita is nothing short of an interesting drink and it's rather easy to mix up.

The drink celebrates the blood orange, a citrus that is typically in season from December to April. The sweeter citrus is paired in the drink with fresh habanero pepper in a special puree that is easy to make ahead of time. From there, the drink uses a smooth tequila and a preferably homemade sour mix.

The cocktail's finishing touch is a mole rim. La Sandia suggests using a prepared mole to make things easy and they specifically recommend Dona Maria Mexican Mole Sauce. By rimming only half the glass, you can enjoy the option of mole or no mole on each drink, but I think you will like the spicy cocoa accent to the margarita.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. In a glass cocktail shaker, squeeze a lime wedge and add tequila, blood orange habanero puree, and sour mix.
  2. Pack with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Dip half a cocktail glass rim in mole negro.
  4. Strain ice and pour into the prepared glass.

Blood Orange Habanero Puree

In a medium saucepan, combine the blood orange juice and habanero pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce to medium-high heat until thickened into a syrup.

 Remove the pepper, allow to cool, then bottle.

(Recipe from La Sandia in Santa Monica, California)

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 107
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 9 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 5 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)