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!

  • Yield 2 servings


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.