The Ultimate Spicy Margarita Recipe: Habanero, Lime and Patron Tequila

Like the three stooges, “Peter, Paul and Mary”, and the three little pigs, Habanero, Lime and Patron were always meant to go together. They, complete each other.

Keeping that in mind, I’d like to share the best spicy margarita recipe ever.

Being of Mayan decent and in honor of the birthplace of the habanero, this recipe is based on the Yucatán three part margarita.

I guess three will be a running theme in this post. Speaking of three, in Merida, Yucatán, the mariachis don’t do the serenading, it’s the “Trios”. A group made up of three guitars, hence trios for three.

The Yucatán margarita consists of three equal parts. One part tequila (Use the good kind 100% blue agave, we use Patron), one part Controy (Mexican orange-flavored liqueur, we use Patron Citronge) and one part freshly squeezed lime juice.

In technical terms:

  • 1 oz. Patrón
  • 1 oz. Patrón Citronge
  • 1 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice

You could use more than one ounce, just make sure the three parts are equal.

Now the fun begins.

Option 1

You can finely chop an habanero pepper or part of an habanero pepper. (I suppose a pepper with less kick will do too.)

Next, put all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake like the wind.

margarita trio

Strain into a martini glass for an Habanero Margarita Straight Up, or pour into a glass (rimmed with lime and salt) add more ice if needed.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Option 2

Pour the Patrón, Patrón Citronge and lime juice in a blender add ice and an habanero pepper (with seeds if you’re brave) then blend.

This works better when making multiple margaritas that require more than 1 oz. per part.

Pour into a glass (rimmed with lime and salt) and garnish with a lime wedge.

Option 3

Instead of using regular freshly squeezed lime juice, you can use a special habanero infused lime juice.

The habanero infused lime juice is made by coarsely chopping an habanero and adding it to freshly squeezed lime juice. Yes, seeds and all.

spicy margarita recipe with habaneros

Let it sit in the fridge so that the lime juice absorbs the habanero flavors. The longer it sits the spicier it will get.

You can use this habanero infused lime juice in Options 1 and 2 above instead of adding the habanero pepper.

The new recipe would be:

  • One part Patrón
  • One part Patrón Citronge
  • One part habanero infused lime juice

Put the ingredients in a blender or shaker whatever option you prefer and enjoy.

Closing Note On the Best Spicy Margarita Recipe Ever

Some like to add just a splash of Blue Agave sweetener. It adds a certain “sweetness” to the margarita.

But then technically that’s not a Yucatán margarita and my preference is without it.

I’m a purist, what can I say.


Yes I have discussed alcohol and as such will cover my you know what by publicly stating ‘Drink Responsibly’ πŸ™‚

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