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Cucumber Habanero Margaritas

Cucumber Habanero Margaritas

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Hands On 15 mins
  • Total Time 30 mins to 45 mins

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David Fries, an amateur barbecue competitor from the Twin Cities, loves to serve this refreshing and subtly spicy margarita at family cookouts.


  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 medium fresh habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups tequila
  • 6 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime sparkling water
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Coarse salt (optional)
  • 1 medium lime, sliced


  1. In a glass measuring cup, muddle half the cucumber, the habanero and 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. Let stand, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a medium pitcher; discard solids.
  2. Add the remaining lime juice, tequila, orange juice, triple sec, lemon-lime sparkling water and simple syrup; stir to combine.
  3. Pour over ice in tall glasses (rimmed with coarse salt, if desired).
  4. Garnish with remaining cucumber slices and lime slices.


  • *Handling Hot Peppers Because hot chile peppers, such as habaneros, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.


  • To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool.

Nutrition Facts

(Cucumber Habanero Margaritas)

Servings Per Recipe 4, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 5, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, pro. (g) 0, calcium (mg) 14, sugar (g) 4, Potassium (mg) 116, carb. (g) 19, Niacin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Folate (µg) 12, Monounsaturated fat (g) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 0, vit. C (mg) 26, cal. (kcal) 303, vit. A (IU) 81, iron (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, chol. (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0

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