Blood Orange Habanero Cocktail

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors (yellow, orange, green, red, chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique, distinctively fruity flavor. It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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Yields 2 Servings


  • 6 blood oranges (about 1 C blood orange juice)
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. habanero simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 3 oz. vodka

Habanero Simple Syrup:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 C water
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced


For the simple syrup:

Mince the habanero.

Bring sugar and water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add in minced habanero and lower to a simmer.

Let mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Strain mixture into a bowl or container like a mason jar and put in fridge to cool.

Assemble the cocktail:

Put 1/2 C blood orange juice, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. habanero simple syrup, and 1 1/2 oz. vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.

Pour into an ice-filled glass.


Recipe adapted from We Are Not Martha, 2014