Honeydew Basil Spicy Margarita

honeydew margarita in a glass with tajin on the rim

If you love a good spicy margarita, then you have to try this recipe that uses honeydew and fresh basil. A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, this margarita on the rocks is a must make for summertime!


  • 1/2 medium honeydew melon, approximately 4 cups chopped honeydew
  • 4 ounces fresh lime juice, approximately 4 limes
  • 4 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • Lime wedges and wheels for garnish, optional
  • Tajin Classico for garnish, optional
  • Ice cubes


  1. Remove seeds and peel and cut honeydew into one inch cubes. It should be approximately 4 cups of honeydew pieces.
  2. Blend honeydew pieces in a blender on high until liquefied. Depending on the type of blender and ripeness of the honeydew, the mixture may need to be strained to remove larger chunks. You should have approximately 2 cups of honeydew puree.
  3. Add tequila, lime juice, basil leaves, and cayenne to the blender and blend until basil leaves are pureed and everything is well combined. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  4. Run a lime wedge around the edge of each glass to wet it and then dip all the edges of the glass in Tajin Classico seasoning to coat the rim.
  5. Fill prepared glasses with ice and pour margarita mixture over the ice. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and fresh basil leaf.


Keywords: basil, cocktail, honeydew, margarita, tequila, spicy