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Spicy habanero ginger beer margaritas in glasses with ice, lime and salt

Spicy Habanero Ginger Beer Margarita

  • Author: Elle
  • Prep Time: Minimum 3 hours to infuse tequila
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: About 12 margaritas (2-ounces tequila per drink) 1x


Looking for a cocktail with a kick? This spicy Habanero Ginger Beer Margarita will do the trick. Infuse your tequila and top it off with crisp ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and a lick of sea salt.



For the Habanero-infused Tequila

  • 750 mL silver tequila
  • 3 medium habanero peppers, sliced with seeds in tact

For a Pitcher of Margarita

  • 2 cups habanero-infused tequila
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (from about 6 limes)
  • 4 cups non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving

For Individual Margaritas

  • 1/4 cup habanero-infused tequila
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • Lime wedges for serving


For the Habanero-infused Tequila

  1. Thinly slice the habanero peppers, keeping the seeds in tact. Transfer peppers to a quart-sized mason jar and add tequila. Screw on the lid, shake well and allow to soak for at least 4-6 hours, or up to 3 days if time allows. Keep the jar out of direct sunlight.
  2. When fully infused, pour tequila through a mesh strainer to remove the peppers and seeds. Pour tequila back into the jar or original tequila bottle. If returning infused tequila to the original bottle, you may want to label it so unknowing guests don’t get a spicy surprise later.

For the Margaritas (Pitcher or Individual)

  1. First, prepare the glasses. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass and press each into a small plate of coarse salt until the rim is lined with salt. Fill each glass with ice and set aside.
  2. For a pitcher of margarita (makes 8), combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir well and divide among 8 prepared glasses. Finish each with a squeeze of fresh lime.
  3. For individual margaritas, combine all ingredients directly in the prepared glass. Stir well and finish with a squeeze of fresh lime.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Infusion
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 7-ounce margarita
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: habanero ginger beer margarita