Hatch Chile Margarita for #SundaySupper

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 16, 2012

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Cinco de May, May 5th, is about Mexican heritage and pride.

Today, Sept. 16, is Día de Independencia in Mexico, or Mexican Independence Day, celebrating a planned revolt against the Spanish colonial government. This day is akin to our July 4 Independence Day.

In the spirit of independence, I present a cocktail fitting the occasion. It takes advantage of seasonal Hatch chiles, and is a riff on a classic margarita. Chile wimps can make the classic version without the Hatch tequila.

Hatch Chile Margarita! Recipe:  https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/hatch-chile-margarita-for-sundaysupper/Arriba!

Recipe: Hatch Chile Margarita

Summary: Lightly spicy with seasonal Hatch chiles, this classic margarita has a bit of a bite and ends with a smile. Make the Hatch tequila a week ahead.

Hatch tequilaIngredients


For Hatch Tequila (Make a Week Ahead)

For Hatch Chile Margarita

  • 1 ½ ounces white tequila
  • 2 teaspoons Hatch tequila (from above recipe)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (or Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 1 ounce Meyer lemon juice (can use regular lemon juice)
  • Garnish: a strip of Hatch chile, threaded onto a toothpick


  1. Hatch tequila on ShockinglyDelicious.comFor Hatch Tequila: Add chiles and tequila to a small jar with a lid. Close tightly and put in a dark pantry for at least 5 days (can be longer). After 5 days, it is ready to use. (You can keep it much longer.) You will note that the chiles have given up some of their color to the tequila. Be sure to label the jar so you know what it is later.
  2. For Hatch Chile Margarita: Combine tequila, Hatch tequila, Cointreau and lemon juice in a glass. Stir and add crushed ice. Note: Chileheads might like 1 tablespoon Hatch tequila instead of 2 teaspoons. You decide if you are a chilehead or not.
  3. Garnish with a strip of Hatch chile, threaded onto a toothpick or drink pick, if you like.
  4. Serves 1.

Lemon juice, not lime juice?

Margarita expert Al Lucero, who owns the renown Maria’s Restaurant in Santa Fe, NM, and has written “The Great Margarita Book,” and “Maria’s Real Margarita Book,”  prefers lemon juice in his margaritas. Good enough for me! Also, see my award-winning Basilrita for another variation on this delicious theme. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Culinary tradition: Mexican
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★

I am bringing this zesty cocktail to our #SundaySupper Mexican Fiesta virtual potluck — a weekly group of foodies who band together to encourage families to eat dinner around the family table each Sunday.

You can see what else I have made during my participation in #SundaySupper right here.

Join us this week as we hope to inspire you with these mouthwatering recipes from our talented contributors.  We will be sharing them all day long and invite you to share your favorite Mexican recipes during our #SundaySupper live chat on Twitter at  7 p.m. (EST).

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day today, Sept. 16, during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes for a Mexican Fiesta! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

Melissa’s Produce supplied the Hatch chiles for recipe development. 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee September 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

What a drink for spice and chile lovers! Cheers to this great recipe!


Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie September 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

I love margaritas and hatch chilies, so I can’t wait to try this margarita! 🙂


SallyBR September 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

Great drink and fantastic round up of recipes!!!!!!

thank you!


Jen @JuanitasCocina September 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

I think I want you to be my best friend. Just sayin’.


Dorothy September 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Invitation accepted!


Cindys Recipes September 16, 2012 at 7:04 am

Never had a margarita! Sounds like a good combo!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

The only margaritas I´ve had were traditional ones. This is such a great twist! Happy sunday!


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