Blood Orange Habanero Margarita

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Blood Orange Habanero Margarita

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Prep Time: 10 Min.
Cook Time: 15 Min.
Total Time: 25 Min.
Yield: 1 Cocktail

A Spicy Summer is on the horizon.

When you’re looking for a spicy margarita that’s a little different than normal, the habanero blood orange margarita recipe is one you’ll want to try. It offers a fascinating taste experience through a special homemade ingredient and it’s easy to mix up.

This drink celebrates the blood orange, a citrus fruit that is typically in season from December to April, though the bottled juice is available year-round. The sweeter citrus is paired in the drink with fresh habanero pepper in a 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 negro rim (which you’ll actually add before mixing) to give the margarita a spiced dark chocolate accent. Using a prepared mole sauce, such as Doña Maria Mexican Mole Sauce, makes this addition quick and easy. By rimming only half the glass, you can enjoy the option of mole or no mole on each sip.

Ingredients:

For the Blood Orange Habanero Puree:

  • 2 pints blood orange juice
  • 1 whole habanero pepper

For the Margarita:

  • 1/4 ounce lime juice (1 wedge; fresh)
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (Gran Centenario Reposado)
  • 1 ounce blood orange habanero puree
  • 1 1/2 ounces sour mix
  • Garnish: 1/4 ounce mole negro (for rim)
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Directions:

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Blood Orange Habanero Puree

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the blood orange juice and habanero pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce to medium-high heat until thickened into a syrup.
  5. Remove the pepper, allow to cool, then bottle.

Make the Habanero Blood Orange Margarita

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Dip half a cocktail glass rim in mole negro.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, squeeze the juice of a lime wedge and add the tequila, sour mix, and blood orange-habanero puree.
  4. Pack with ice and shake vigorously.
  5. Strain into the prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Have a Spicy Summer SWFL!

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