Chili-Pineapple Margarita

2 drinks

1 hr and 30 min 20 min active

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The inspiration for this spicy margarita came from a cocktail we had at Hartwood, a restaurant in Tulum, Mexico. Chef Eric Werner steeped habanero chilies in tequila for over 36 hours to add kick. We simplified, infusing simple syrup with the same flavors in under 20 minutes. You’ll have enough syrup for several batches of margaritas. The smooth, round flavor of reposado tequila works best with the chilies.




The smooth, round flavor of reposado tequila worked best with the chilies. Steep the peppers no longer than 15 minutes or the syrup will be too spicy.

1 hr and 30 min

20 min active


  • 1

    cup plus 1½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1

    cup water


Autumn H.
November 12, 2022
Deceptively strong and delicious.
My new favorite margarita
William B.
September 11, 2022
Made these for Her, and she loved them.
Brian G.
October 28, 2022
ancho sub
for the simple syrup i swapped one dried ancho chile for the fresh peppers as i didn’t have any. i steeped for 30 minutes. wasn’t really that spicy but i loved the flavor! would probably add in some red chili flakes next time to add some heat
Mary A.

Excellent margarita! I have made it infusing the simple syrup with jalapeno and habanero chili and without using the chili's in the simple syrup and both versions of the margarita tasted great. Everyone who tried it loves it!