Habanero Margarita (+ Habanero Infused Tequila)

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When we were in Disney for our first night a couple of months ago, we stopped in for a couple margaritas in Downtown Disney at Paradiso 37. I randomly decided that I wanted to try their spicy margarita that featured habanero infused tequila. I distinctly remember getting a look like, are you completely insane? But I had to try it!

With the first sip, my lips were burning but I was surprisingly enough not coughing and sputtering with watering eyes like I was secretly dreading. The heat was definitely there, but mixed in with all the other flavors you really tasted the pepper itself and not just a burning ball of fire. 

I was hooked and I made a note right then and there to recreate it at home. It took a little bit of tweaking to get the right balance of spice and sweetness from the peppers into this habanero margarita. The first one was a little painful, but with a little less pepper and a little more tequila it turned out just like I remembered.

Habanero Margarita | cakenknife.com

If you like spicy food, you’re going to fall in love with this cocktail.

I’m not going to beat around the bush here, this margarita is definitely spicy. However it’s not the kind of spicy that will burn off your taste buds and leave you with tears streaming down your face. Instead it’s the type of heat that lingers on your lips and is quickly followed by the smooth, sweet flavor that mellows it all out.

Habanero Margarita | cakenknife.com

It’s going to knock your socks off. Trust me.

Habanero Margarita + Habanero Infused Tequila

Habanero Margarita + Habanero Infused Tequila

Yield: 1 margarita + 1 1/2 cups infused tequila
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
This habanero infused tequila is the perfect spicy kick for a habanero margarita!


Habanero Infused Tequila

  • 1 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and cut into rings


  • 1 1/2 oz habanero infused tequila
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz agave
  • Salt
  • Ice


  1. Combine tequila and habanero pepper in an airtight container. Allow the tequila to infuse for at least 3 to 5 hours.
  2. To make the margarita, rim a glass with salt and fill with ice. In a shaker filled with ice, combine habanero tequila, lime juice, triple sec and agave. Shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and serve.

5 Responses to “Habanero Margarita (+ Habanero Infused Tequila)”

  1. Susannah // Feast + West — April 26, 2015 at 7:41 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh! I wish I had made it to DD to try this! I once had a habenero latte that was so incredible, I bought a second one. I’m definitely going to be trying this one soon! P.S. Love that turquoise background! 

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  4. Lauren Rupard — March 17, 2019 at 4:51 pm (#)

    This is exactly the recipe I was looking for!
    Thank you so much!
    Questions: Infuse tequila on counter top?
     May I store any leftover in a glass bottle and also leave at room temperature?
     And ok to double or triple tequila recipe, and should pepper be taken out after the 5 hours?
    Many thanks!!

    • Meghan Y. — March 18, 2019 at 12:04 pm (#)

      Yes you can infuse on the counter top! I store the leftovers in mason jar so any sealable glass bottle is good at room temperature. You can definitely double/triple the recipe, and the infusion will take the same amount of time 🙂 Enjoy!

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