As much as I might like to consider myself original at times, those who know me well find me fairly predictable. You know I’m going to choose a Beyonce song for the lip sync battle. You know I’m getting Amy Schumer tickets as soon as I hear she’s coming to town. And you know darn well that I’m ordering anything on any menu involving passion fruit. As it turns out, I also adore spicy cocktails, so when I came across this one which mixes passion fruit puree and habanero infused tequila, I was obviously all over it.

There is just something so different about the tart-sweet flavor of passion fruit that I find irresistible, and it shines beautifully here. This drink has a gorgeous balance of sweet and heat. I found that the heat of the tequila seemed to grow over time – it was on the mild side when I made a cocktail just after finishing the infusing process, but the one I made the following day had much more of a kick. I would recommend infusing the tequila at least a day before using it if possible to make sure it has a good amount of heat. But no worries if you just can’t possibly wait that long. I certainly wouldn’t blame you!


For the tequila:

  •  1½ cups tequila, preferably blanco
  • 3 habanero chiles, halved lengthwise

For the drink: 

  • 3 oz. habanero infused tequila
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. passion fruit puree
  • Lime wedges


  • 01

    Combine the tequila and chiles in a glass bowl or jar. Let sit for 1 hour. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, transfer to a jar and close tightly until ready to use.

  • 02

    Coat the rim of two glasses with coarse salt and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the tequila, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and passion fruit puree. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glasses. Serve with fresh lime wedges.

  • Anne

    This sounds amazing! I love passion fruit, and when I see a margarita with some heat on a menu, I always choose it. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • WendyAZ

    I LOVE passion fruit cocktails but have a hard time finding the puree. This may inspire me to amp up my search.

  • Kat Moore

    I just have to say I love you. I’m pretty sure if we ever met, we’d get along.

  • The Food Hound

    I really, REALLY want to try this but I’m having the worst time finding passion fruit puree! I don’t want the nectar or juice b/c I think it might be too sweet in this drink. I see a few online options for passion fruit puree and passion fruit concentrate (no sugar added) but shipping is, like, $70 and you need to order more than one jar. What brand do you use? I’ve heard you can go to a Mexican grocery but I think they would mostly have the nectar/juice.

  • Annie

    Okay, here’s the deal – you can find the frozen puree in some Mexican grocery stores. Mine usually has it and every time I go, I stock up and buy many bags to keep frozen. However, this last time (to make these cocktails) they had none and it didn’t seem like they had a space for it on the shelves anymore. Eek! I really hope they restock eventually. For these cocktails since you don’t need much, I would recommend buying fresh passion fruit and straining out the seeds, which is what I did. If you can’t find them, then I think the only other option is buying it online with that ridiculous shipping fee (which may be my next move if I can’t find the puree in more grocery stores.) I hope that helps!

  • Annie

    Haha, thanks! Soul sistas.

  • Annie

    See the reply I just wrote to The Food Hound’s question about how best to find it. It might help at least a little bit!

  • The Food Hound

    OK! As a backup, what is your opinion on leaving out the simple syrup and using 3 oz passion fruit nectar or juice?

  • WendyAZ

    My Mexican grocery store used to have it also and did not the last few times I checked this summer. Will keep looking. I was thinking of checking our very high end grocery store to see if they had the frozen puree. I also cannot find fresh passion fruit. I may start my online search soon. Oh I love Passion Fruit so and had them every single day i was in Hawaii because I could!

  • Annie

    I haven’t tried that so I can’t say for sure but I’m guessing it will be good in a pinch, but not ideal. Keep searching but might be worth trying in the meantime!

  • Wendy Benoit

    I made a pitcher of these last night! Delicious. Used passion fruit pulp from the frozen section at our local latin american grocery store. I only infused the tequila for 1 hour but could have used a bit more heat so will try it a little longer next time. Thanks for sharing Annie <3