Ancho Reyes Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:25%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Ancho Reyes is a Mexican liqueur made from ancho and poblano peppers. It's a relatively new addition to the cocktail scene, having been introduced in 2014. The Ancho Reyes Margarita is a spicy twist on the classic Margarita, adding a kick of heat to the traditional sweet and sour cocktail. It's a favorite among those who enjoy spicy food and drinks.

How Ancho Reyes Margarita Tastes?

The Ancho Reyes Margarita is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and spicy. The sweetness of the agave syrup, the sourness of the lime juice, and the heat of the Ancho Reyes create a complex and exciting flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Ancho Reyes Margarita

  • Ancho Reyes is named after the town of Puebla de Zaragoza, where the peppers used in the liqueur are grown.
  • The Ancho Reyes Margarita is often served with a salt rim, which helps to balance the heat of the cocktail.
  • Despite its heat, the Ancho Reyes Margarita is still a refreshing cocktail, making it perfect for summer.


Ancho Reyes

The star of the show, Ancho Reyes is a chili liqueur that gives our margarita a nice kick. It’s made from poblano peppers, which are known for their rich, smoky heat. It's 2oz because we want it to have presence without going overboard – too much and you'll feel like you’re swallowing the sun! Not enough? You might as well be drinking a regular margarita, and we can’t have that in this spicy fiesta.

Emma Rose


It’s a margarita, after all, so Tequila is a must. 1oz because this recipe is a modern twist putting Ancho Reyes in the spotlight. Tequila provides the familiar agave backbone. Skip this and, well, you’re missing the spirit of the experience – literally and figuratively. An alternative could be mezcal for more smoke, or keeping it non-alcoholic with agave water.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

The Lime Juice is the zesty punch, the sour to your sweet, the yin to your yang. 1oz keeps it bold yet in harmony with the other flavors. Too little makes it flat, too much, and your face might pucker more than a cat's bum. You could use lemon for a twist, but lime is really where it’s at.

Mary Mitkina

Agave Syrup

Smooth operator Agave Syrup approaches with 0.5oz because it sweetens without stealing the spotlight. This isn’t a dessert; it's a cheeky drink. No Agave? You might as well lick a lime wedge stuck to a chili pepper. Honey or simple syrup could sub in, but it’s agave’s low glycemic index keeping us in the realm of Mexico.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Ancho Reyes Margarita Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Ancho Reyes, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup.
  3. Shake until well chilled.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality tequila for the best flavor.
  • If you like your cocktails extra spicy, add a slice of fresh jalapeno to the shaker before shaking.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Meats: The smoky flavor from grilled steak or chicken complements the spicy warmth of Ancho Reyes.
  • Seafood Tacos: The acidity of the lime juice and the agave sweetness can both enhance and tame the savor of seafood, such as shrimp or fish tacos.
  • Savory Appetizers: Pair with nachos, ceviche, or a charcuterie board to balance out the flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Mexican Beer: A chaser of a light lager will refresh the palate between sips.
  • Sparkling Water: Flavored, citrus-based sparkling water keeps the palate cleansed without overpowering the cocktail's taste.

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What you could change in Ancho Reyes Margarita

  • If you can't find Ancho Reyes, you can substitute it with another chili liqueur.
  • You can use honey instead of agave syrup for a different kind of sweetness.

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Spicy Ancho Mango Margarita


  • Ancho Reyes: 2oz
  • Tequila: 1oz
  • Lime Juice: 1oz
  • Mango Puree: 0.5oz
  • Agave Syrup: 0.25oz Recipe:
  1. Shake the Ancho Reyes, tequila, lime juice, mango puree, and agave syrup with ice.
  2. Strain over ice into a rock glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge. Description: Turn up the tropical vibes with some mango puree—a favour-fiesta for your taste buds. The sweetness of mango will play nicely with the heat, while reducing agave keeps the balance.

Ancho Berry Margarita


  • Ancho Reyes: 2oz
  • Tequila: 1oz
  • Lime Juice: 0.75oz
  • Muddled Berries: 0.5 cup
  • Agave Syrup: 0.25oz Recipe:
  1. Muddle berries in a shaker.
  2. Add ice, Ancho Reyes, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup.
  3. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass.
  4. Garnish with a berry skewer. Description: Fresh berries bring a tart sweetness and depth, creating a colorful concoction with a complex berry profile that can stand up to Ancho Reyes. The lime juice is dialed back to let the berries shine.

Hibiscus Ancho Margarita


  • Ancho Reyes: 2oz
  • Tequila: 1oz
  • Lime Juice: 1oz
  • Hibiscus Tea (chilled): 2oz
  • Agave Syrup: 0.25oz Recipe:
  1. Shake Ancho Reyes, tequila, lime juice, chilled hibiscus tea, and agave syrup with ice.
  2. Strain into an ice-filled glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and a dried hibiscus flower. Description: Sipping this is like dancing at sunset—it's got a floral bitterness, a touch of tannins, and a ruby red allure. You'll lower the agave to honor the hibiscus' sophisticated tartness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ancho Reyes Margarita

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ancho Reyes Margarita

What is the origin of margarita cocktails?

The origin of the Margarita is uncertain. Some say it was first made in the late 1930s or early 1940s in Mexico. Others claim it was invented in the US. Regardless, it has become one of the most popular cocktails worldwide.

How can I reduce the heat of this cocktail?

If you prefer a less spicy taste, reduce the quantity of Ancho Reyes or use a milder chili liquor.

What are some good food pairings with this cocktail?

The Ancho Reyes Margarita pairs well with Mexican foods, especially spicy dishes. It also complements grilled or smoked seafood and meats.

Can I prepare this cocktail in batches for parties?

Yes, you can easily scale up this recipe. Prepare in a large jug or pitcher, without ice. Add ice to individual glasses when serving.

Is this a traditional Mexican cocktail?

While margarita is a quintessential Mexican cocktail, the addition of Ancho Reyes and poblano peppers provide a modern twist to the traditional recipe.

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