Habanero Hottie Gingerita

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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  • 2 ounces habanero-infused, 100% agave tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • flaky sea salt (I love Maldon)

Habanero-infused Tequila

  • 3 habanero peppers, deseeded and sliced
  • 750 mL 100% agave tequila


Combine habanero strips and tequila, seal in a jar and let rest 3-5 hours at room temperature. Test and allow to infuse longer if more heat is desired, up to 24 hours. When done, strain the peppers from the tequila and pour back into the original tequila bottle.

If salt is desired, run a lime around the rim of a glass and dip into a pile of flaky sea salt. Add a few cubes of ice to the glass. Then, combine tequila, lime juice, ginger beer and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or tall glass with ice and stir. Pour and garnish with a slice of lime.

Recipe from According to Elle, 2014