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It Began With a Lime {Recipe: Habanero Margarita}

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It all began with a lime…

Well, a lime I was cutting up for a dinner recipe and a very long day full of one thing after another with my kids. My patience was shot and I welcomed the retreat into my kitchen to cook dinner.

As I was squeezing the wedges, the sweet citrus scent of the lime seduced me. I remembered the bottle of tequila I had in the pantry with the habanero pepper floating at the bottom and suddenly I couldn’t wait to indulge in a Habanero Margarita.

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This Habanero Margarita recipe was shared with me by Jeffrey Saad, one of my favorite TV chefs whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through my relationship with Bush’s Beans. Jeffrey is a master at infusing flavors and his margarita with a beautiful, fiery kick is one cocktail that does not disappoint. Go ahead… give into your senses and allow a Habanero Margarita take you away. Cheers! habanero margarita horiz


Habanero Margarita

Habanero Margarita

From Chef Jeffrey Saad


  • 1 bottle of silver tequila (we prefer Patron)
  • 1 fresh orange habanero pepper
  • Cut habanero in half. Remove stem.
  • Put habanero in the bottle of tequila. Wait 24 hours (or longer) before use.
  • Per Margarita:
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 ounce habanero infused tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 Tablespoon agave syrup


  1. Shake with ice and strain. Serve on the rocks with salt, if desired. (That's my preference, but it can be served straight up without ice and salt if you like).
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  1. I think I could definitely be seduced by this spicy margarita! Does that make me a ‘shallow’ male? lol

  2. Sounds wonderful. Will be picking up a bottle of tequila soon. Habaneros are almost ready in my garden.

  3. I need this in my life.

  4. very very tempting!

  5. This sounds heavenly! Jeffrey did an awesome job with this and your pictures are beautiful too. My husband will love it!

  6. now THAT is tempting! Wonder if I can find a habanero?

    My mouth is now watering!

  7. YUMMY! That Jeffrey is a smart cookie.

  8. That is MY kind of drink. One that burns your face off and you need a fire hose and a turbo sprinkler system on hand just in case things get out of control. And they will get out of control.

  9. wow Kristen – this looks fabulous!! although i am definitely in the scardy-cat camp when it comes to spicy heat!

  10. Absolutely love your photos!!! Great post!

  11. thelittleloaf says:

    I love margaritas! And adding a kick of habanero is totally inspired. Yum.

  12. Cheers to the picture of that lime at the top of your post!!! I wish I had the energy while making dinner to have a flavor seduce me. By 5pm, I need peace, quiet, and a nap – so not happening!

  13. I KNEW this was going to be a Jeffrey post as soon as I saw “habanero and margarita” in the name! lol

    I wish you were my neighbor!

  14. Oh how I love a good margarita and this one just sounds so awesome. The sweet and sour lime, the hint of spiciness in the tequila. Yes! Perfect summer drink. Now if only summer would come to where I live…I think it might be too late. Beautiful photos Kristen!

  15. Wow. I may need one of those after a long day too. Looks amazing!

  16. Jeffrey is awesome, you are awesome, that purple board is awesome as is this cocktail, beautiful!

  17. Okay I don’t drink (yup, digest it ;-) ) but I’m loving the habanero and lime combo – totally amazing.

    P.S. – you my board queen !!

  18. Ooo…I bet that is fabulous! Cheers!

  19. When can I come down for one??

  20. Can we bring a bottle of this to Montana??

    Loooove this post :)


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