Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe

In this drink, the blood orange, a citrus fruit in season for about a month from December to April, is celebrated. Blood orange juice can be found year-round. To make this drink, a lime slice is paired with a fresh habanero pepper puree, making it easy to make ahead of time. This is then combined with smooth tequila and a (homemade) sour mix. You may want to consider adding habanero blood orange to your margarita recipe if you are looking for a spicy drink that is a little different from your usual. You can enjoy an interesting taste experience with this homemade recipe, and it is easy to mix up. This margarita’s rim is made from mole negro, which you’ll actually add before mixing. It’s spiced dark chocolate taste complements the cocktail’s lime-based flavors. It is easy to add mole sauce to this dish if you use a pre-packaged sauce, such as the Doña Maria Mexican Mole Sauce.


  • Choosing not to rim the glass on half of the glasses lets you choose the amount of mole or not on every sip.
  • Purees boiled at too high a temperature (as in the case of the pepper in the juice) can be “burned” if the pepper has remained in the juice too long.
  • As soon as you remove the pan from the heat, it’s time for a quick taste test, and if you like it spicy, you can cook it longer.
  • Bottle the finished puree under a tight seal. It is best to keep it in the refrigerator and use it within two weeks.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 3 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 211 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 10 minutes.

Tools needed

  • saucepan
  • cocktail shaker


  • cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 2 pints of blood orange juice
  • 1 whole habanero pepper
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice (from lime wedge)
  • 1 1/2 oz sour mix
  • 1 oz blood orange-habanero purée
  • 1/2 tbsp mole negro sauce (optional, for rim)
  • lime wedge (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  • For the puree, combine the blood orange juice and habanero pepper in a medium saucepan.
  • Boil and frequently stir.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high until thickened into a syrup.
  • Remove pepper, cool the mixture, then bottle.
  • For the drink, dip half the cocktail glass' rim in mole negro.
  • Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge in a cocktail shaker, add the tequila, sour mix, and blood orange-habanero puree.
  • Fill with ice, then shake,
  • Strain into the cocktail glass you prepared.
  • Garnish it with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

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