#FridayCocktail – Some Like it Hot!

By / Wine + Drinks / February 14th, 2014 / 3

Spice up your pre-Valentine’s Day dinner with this Tequila-based cocktail, garnished with a habanero pepper.

The habanero is a variety of chili pepper that is characterized by its fruity, citrus-like flavours but don’t let that fool you – it is hot. In fact, it is one of the hottest peppers, rated between 100,000 and 300,000 on the Scoville scale. The addition of the habanero to this cocktail will add a mild spiciness, not a burn-your-mouth-off heat. But, do use caution. Unless you are accustomed to eating chilies (or you’re about to win some serious money on a dare), we recommend you don’t chow down on the pepper!!

Habaneros can be bought at your local grocery store and can range in colour from green (unripe) to orange and red.


2 ounces of tequila

1 ounce of dry vermouth

1 small habanero pepper, whole for garnish



Pour the tequila and vermouth into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass and garnish with a whole habanero.



Shannon is an urban soul living (and loving) a small-town, country life. Short term goals include always keeping her wine glass, and outlook on life, half-full. Long term goal…taking her three boys on a 6 month south Pacific adventure. We’ll keep you updated.

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