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13 April 2016

A zingy spicy margarita recipe made with habanero peppers, juicy blackberries, and white tequila. Time to seriously up your zest factor. It’s cocktail time!

Hey, it’s Patty again with your Thirsty Thirteenth. And yeah, I’m thirsty.

I’ve been on a blackberry kick lately. They are so delicious this time of year. Plus, it’s amazing how easy they are to work into drinks.

They are so soft that they can be juiced by simply muddling them or blending them in a blender. You want to make sure you have a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth handy to strain out the resulting the seeds and pulp.

I wanted to make a spicy margarita this month as margaritas lend themselves so nicely to spicy chili peppers. I decided to make this for a train crawl so I could share it with my fellow crawlers.

Everyone tried it and it was a big hit.

The habanero gives it a kick, certainly, but it’s not overpowering and it doesn’t burn your lips like some drinks can.

Adding plenty of lime juice, homemade blackberry juice and a bit of sugar allowed the flavors to blend nicely.

I rimmed the glass with salt, which is how I like my margaritas. I added in a bit of lime zest to get even more of the lime flavor. Feel free to try it with a sugar rim if that’s what you prefer.

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Blackberry Habanero Margarita - Recipe

About the Recipe

This recipe is using a simple syrup. It’s super easy to make and you can prepare it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for several days.

If you have a party or gathering coming up, this is a crowd pleaser that’s super simple to put together if the syrup is made ahead of time.

But, the syrup doesn’t take much time at all either. It is nothing more than a brief boil with water, sugar, lime juice and habanero.

Then, toss the mixture into a blender with the blackberries and it’s ready for the fridge. You will need to strain it to get the habanero and blackberry seeds out but if you want the flavors and heat to meld for a while, do this right before you are ready to serve the drinks.

Here’s the blackberry-habanero syrup.

Blackberry Habanero Margarita - Recipe

Doesn’t it look just SO juicy?

How to Make This Spicy Margarita Recipe – the Method

  • First, in a small pot, over medium heat, add all syrup ingredients except the blackberries. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Next, place blackberries and syrup into a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will last up to a week.
  • When ready to serve, strain the blackberry-habanero syrup. This will produce about 1 cup or enough for 4 drinks.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the margarita ingredients. Shake well.
  • Rim the glass with salt and lime zest and fill with ice.
  • Pour the margarita into the glass and garnish with a lime slice and blackberry.

It is! Time to mix those drinks! Grab the cocktail shaker!

Blackberry-habanero syrup, white tequila, triple sec, lime juice. Yum. Salt the rim. Garnish them up and serve. SO drinkable, isn’t it?

Blackberry Habanero Margarita - Recipe

Mike’s Perspective

I love fresh fruit in a margarita. And chili peppers! The habanero brings a very nice level of spice to this spicy margarita recipe. The blackberries add a unique spin. Garnish it up with a lime wedge and some extra blackberries. It’s super delicious! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Check Out Some of Our Other Awesome Cocktail Recipes

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Spicy Blackberry Habanero Margarita Recipe

A zingy spicy margarita recipe made with habanero peppers, juicy blackberries, and white tequila. Time to seriously up your zest factor. It's cocktail time!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, habanero, recipe, spicy
Servings: 1
Calories: 466kcal

Ingredients

For the Syrup (4 servings)

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 habanero diced
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries

For one Maragarita

  • 1 ½ ounces white tequila
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces blackberry-habanero syrup
  • Salt and lime zest to rim the glass
  • Lime and blackberries for garnish

Instructions

  • In a small pot, over medium heat, add all syrup ingredients except the blackberries. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Place blackberries and syrup into a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will last up to a week.
  • When ready to serve, strain the blackberry-habanero syrup. This will produce about 1 cup or enough for 4 drinks.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the margarita ingredients. Shake well.
  • Rim the glass with salt and lime zest and fill with ice.
  • Pour the margarita into the glass and garnish with a lime slice and blackberry.

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 55.8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.9mg