Put a Little SPICE is Your Night

I wish I liked  margaritas. I think they are so fun to make and so fun to drink. I have just never just found a liking for the flavor of the sour mix. Even when I add orange juice, it still just doesn’t do much for me. I decided that I was going to find a way to take the idea of a margarita and tweak it a bit more to my liking.

I read a magazine article about a restaurant owner in Mexico who spiced up his tequila with peppers and used other juices to make margaritas. I decided to swipe his idea. Swiper no swiping.

Be prepared: they are spicy!!! If you are not a big fan of spicy, be sure to reduce pepper steeping time or dilute tequila with more juice.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
Serves 8


– 2 cups of tequila (I buy cheap for this drink because it is diluted anyway)
-1-2 Habanero peppers, halved (the more you use, the spicier the tequila gets)
– 2 tbsp sweetened lime juice
– juice of one lime
– 5 cups grapefruit juice
– 1 cup of sour mix
– Sea salt


1.Combine tequila and Habanero peppers in a pitcher and allow to steep for 2-4 hours depending on spice desire (this can be done up to one month ahead).
2. Rub the rim of each glass with a lime to moisten it.
3. Pour sea salt onto a plate and dip rims of the glass into it to coat the rims.
4. Combine remaining ingredients and mix with tequila. Stir.
5. Serve on the rocks and have fun!


5 responses

  1. I can not wait to try this?! I’m a HUGE margarita fan, and I also love spice foods. My husband can’t handle any spice, so I guess I’ll be drinking this alone. That’s fine, though. More for me. I’ll let you know what I think of it after I try it. Thanks for this recipe. Keep them coming!

    • Jami, it is very spicy. May want to steep just for 2 hours. Feel free to add any juices you like. I like it this way because it’s not super sweet. It’s bitter like grapefruit juice. Let me know!

    • It’s very unique. Several of my guests wanted to add in some of the sour mix as well and that simmered it down some. I love the bitterness of the grapefruit juice so it worked for me. I even think using the spicy tequila in a normal margarita would be fun too! Cheers!

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