Strawberry Habanero Margaritas

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails,Dessert,Gluten Free,Happy Hour at Home,recipes,Vegan

Strawberry Habanero Margaritas

Growing up in Lake Oswego, we had one of those “pie house” restaurants. I loved it. From the Lyons mints and Lifesavers at the counter to the grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries on the menu, I wanted one of everything. Including the pie.

I’d sit in front of that glass case and watch so many pies rotate around and around. Tall pies. Cream pies. Fruit pies. Chocolate peanut butter pies. I could never decide which to choose. Back then, one of my favorites – by sheer size alone – was the strawberry pie. Whole strawberries stacked so tall! Amazing.

I must have enjoyed too many strawberry pies as a kid, because until two summers ago, I did not care for strawberries.

Strawberry Habanero Margarita


I know. A travesty.

Luckily, I have recovered. Not just because there is tequila involved.

It also seems lately I have developed a thing for habaneros. You have to be very very careful after chopping them – whatever you do, please do not get anywhere near your eye. Anywhere near your face for that matter. Trust me, I know this from experience. Possibly more than one experience. *sigh* I never learn.

Spicy Strawberry Habanero Margaritas


strawberry habanero margaritas

serves two

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
2 fresh habanero peppers, seeded
8 ounces coconut water
3 ounces tequila (Cazadores reposado)

In blender, purée strawberries and peppers until smooth. Add coconut water and tequila, pulse until combined. Pour into two glasses with one ice cube each and garnish with a whole strawberry.

Cheers – Happy Monday!


{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @ Better With Veggies June 4, 2012 at 5:43 am

You always know what to make to draw me in — habanero, strawberry, and tequila?! Fantastic Combo. I would add to your warnings not to try to take a bite of the pepper “because it looks so good” – that’s is a stupid mistake (especially if using dehydrated peppers). ;)


2 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

haa, oooh NO. you didn’t! I cannot even imagine that pain. in your mouth, all down your throat, in your stomach? geez.

once I sat and de-seeded a whole bag of dehydrated chile arbol (we brought back from Mexico… those were HOT) and the next day my hands hurt SO bad! like, achey inside pain as well as the burning skin pain. weird. I must like to learn the hard way, right? ;)


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

what??? Not liking strawberries??? That’s just crazy talk ;-)


4 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

okay, missy. I won’t bring up not liking chocolate. OOPS, just did. ;)


5 katie June 4, 2012 at 5:59 am

Strawberries are the BEST!!!!!!!!!

I want a margarita at 9 am over here ;) Its 5 o clock somewhere! Ha!

Happy Monday!

Thinking of your dad today! <3


6 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

ha – you could make one without tequila… ? or just wait a couple hours ;)

and thank you. really. your support and the fact that you remember today is a big day, all means so much. I love you!


7 lindsay June 4, 2012 at 6:11 am

we had one of those too! pies, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, chicken fried steak. Yea, heart attacks on a platter, but a good platter. haha. I love strawberries and spice, so yes, pour me a glass.


8 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

oh, Linds, I wish you were here to enjoy these with! XXO


9 Jess June 4, 2012 at 6:26 am

Oh man, I have been dying to find a good fresh-ingredient-style margarita recipe. This one is PERFECT!! I can’t wait to try it (and I’ll make the hubs chop the habernero, thankyouverymuch LOL)


10 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

yes, have him chop… but seriously, tell him to SCRUB like he’s going into surgery. then scrub again. pour lemon juice on hands after that. scrub all knives and surfaces. it’s a crazy horrible pain otherwise. but then you get a margarita after… ;)


11 Allie June 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

Yeaaah, I’ve had some bad spicy fingers + face experiences too. Dangerous stuff! Had a raspberry margarita this weekend and it was uh-maze-ing. Could have used some hot pepper, though!


12 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

oh, Allie it was crazy. somehow it got all around my eye, I couldn’t open my eye and the skin around was burning. for several minutes I was honestly wondering WHAT I should do… was I going to have to go to urgent care? would I cause permanent damage? I was in pain! then it happened again the next day. seriously, I cannot be left alone. ;)

I thought about using raspberries in these, I had them too. maybe next time!


13 Allie June 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

I hear smart people use rubber kitchen gloves while chopping up spicy foods. Seems like a good/logical choice. If only I’d remember to do that some time ;D


14 spabettie June 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

haa haaa…. yeah, no. I thought I was smart… and honestly, there are very few things I can do with gloves on! like, skiing. that’s about it! ;)


15 jobo June 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

Gasp NOT like strawberries?! Glad that changed ;-) and minus the habernero, since I’m a spice wuss, this looks ridiculous. MUST TRY (again…)!


16 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

I am glad too – I’m now making up for all that I missed out on. and honestly, the habanero is sorta subtle – you don’t really taste it until the end… like an after – heat. :)


17 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? These look AWESOME!


18 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

indeed it is!


19 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

you know just how to tempt my tastebuds in the morning! hahaa those look delicious and that color is stunning! thanks for sharing!


20 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

you could make a tequila-less one for breakfast… :)


21 Nichole June 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

Spicy and sweet – this is a fantastic plus up to a classic margarita!


22 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

yep – our new summer drink! :D


23 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

I am currently compiling a library of your drink recipes for the lake! I can’t wait to go drink crazy! My two loves…strawberries and hot peppers! YUM!


24 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

this is awesome news – good to know you will be drinking well ;) you’ll like these then, the heat is there, kinda subtle at the end…


25 Cassie June 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I love margaritas and you have done a very unique one here. Sounds amazing!


26 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

thanks Cassie – I have a feeling these will be one of our flavors of summer…


27 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

haha I’m glad you added the disclaimer “Not just because there is tequila involved.” As soon as I read you’d recovered I thought to myself, ‘Ya, that’s cause there’s booze involved!’


28 spabettie June 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

haa! nope, actually the first time I’ve combined strawberries and spirits… um, I think? ;)


29 Lou June 5, 2012 at 1:32 am

I think I may be in love with not just Basil… but your cocktail-creating-mind! Amazing… tequila, strawberries, did I say tequila? OH and a bit of spice? LOVE!


30 spabettie June 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

cocktails are fun! you can create something really good with simple ingredients – in my opinion the fresher the better! stay tuned. ;)


31 natalie@thesweetslife June 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

sending this to my husband as a hint to what drink i’d like next time we’re enjoying cocktails on the patio :)


32 spabettie June 6, 2012 at 6:35 am

good choice… hope he takes the hint soon! ;)


33 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I must admit I haven’t cared for strawberries in the past as well, for some time. But I’m cured now. ;)


34 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

yay for both of us coming to our senses! ;)


35 Krista June 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

I totally love this! And strawberries!? Really!? At least your deterrence may be blamed on too much pie. I’m so glad it’s gone though!


36 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

yes, at least I can say it was because I ate too many. and trust me, I am making up for what I missed now! :)


37 Francine June 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

just picked up peppers (jalapenos too if the habenaro are too hot for me) ;) and we are making tonight, cheers!


38 spabettie June 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

did you love them!? how was the jalapeno with the strawberry? I’ve made jala – peach smoothies, and I’ve added jala to a ‘regular’ margarita… interested to know if it works with strawberry.


39 Grant June 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

how did I miss this one, sounds right up my alley!


40 spabettie June 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

they are SO good – enjoy!


41 Mary Weaver August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

These are great, we have had them 3 nites in a row LOL ;)


42 spabettie August 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

awesome, good to hear! cheers!


43 Laurie September 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

sounds really good


44 spabettie September 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

thanks, Laurie!


45 Matt mmwine Horbund October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

These are right up MY ALLEY!


46 spabettie November 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

we love these too – naturally sweet margaritas are the only way to go!


47 Joelle April 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Just wondering if the peppers themselves are so hot, how is the drink not too hot to drink?!


48 Kristina Sloggett April 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

the peppers do have heat, but they are definitely edible (I would warn against touching your face after slicing any kind of pepper, including bell). The small amount of pepper combined with the rest of the ingredients plus ice makes this a very tasty drink.


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