September 9, 2021
Ask A Mixologist: Hot Lips Margarita
Alfred Siu of Toronto’s Project Gigglewater shares the recipe for his Hot Lips Margarita.
Q: I had the best watermelon margarita at Project Gigglewater the last time I was there. Can you get the recipe for me so I can make it at home? — Michaela, Toronto
A: The secret ingredient of Alfred’s popular cocktail is habanero-infused watermelon syrup, which is made on-site. The chilis steep in the syrup mixture for up to an hour, creating a spicy-sweet base that’s deliciously piquant. “This drink is super refreshing,” says Alfred. “It’s got some heat and bite, and the chili salt makes your lips hot — hence the name!” If you’re feeling adventurous, add some mezcal for an extra hit of smokiness.
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Yield: Makes 1 cocktail
- Heat ingredients to incorporate. Do not boil. Once incorporated, steep for about 30 to 60 minutes.
- Combine tequila and Hot Lips Cocktail Mix. Add Watermelon Syrup. Salt rim with Chili Salt, pour and enjoy.