On February 12, Linde and I did a live on Facebook where we shared a recipe for this awesome and tasty margarita. I usually wait until the day of the live to test my recipe, and most of the time they’re winners, but other times they’re a flop and really require some fine-tuning. I did make a few changes to this recipe “on-the-go,” and I’m including my changes here.

Spicy Chocolate Syrup


  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 whole red chile peppers


  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan and heat over medium until sugar is dissolved
  2. Add the remaining ingredients; simmer over low heat for 20 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool



  • 2 T spicy chocolate syrup
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake well for 30-60 seconds until everything is cold
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass (I still need to buy more, so I subbed a wine glass) 🙂


I also made a delicious spicy-coconut-sugar rim:

  • unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • cayenne pepper, powdered
  • sugar

The measurements are whatever you choose. You will likely have some spicy coconut sugar left over, so make sure you store it in a small, airtight container and label it so you remember what’s in there! (Do as I say, not as I do ?)

Honestly, I think this combination would be awesome if you made a hot chocolate with the spicy chocolate syrup (spike it with a little vodka, rum or tequila if you want). Then, take a small wooden stir stick, and dip it in melted chocolate and cover it in the coconut spice sugar. You can dip it in the hot chocolate to add a little sweet & spicy garnish!

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close up of two chocolate martinis with cayenne peppers, a lime wedge and a shot of tequila