Verde Margarita Cocktail

April 30, 2018

Verde Margarita Cocktail

Mixology is taking a new form. Bartending is no longer just pouring an Old Fashion or mixing a simple Martini like the old days. New devices such as smokers, dehydrators and infused liquors are taking the front of many cocktails.  As a responsible, adult beverage consumer, we must keep up and stay knowledgeable.

There’s a new craze in the mixology world called Ancho Reyes Verde, a chile poblano liqueur. Yes, it’s a mouthful!

Apparently, it has been the craze for over a year now. However, I was introduced to it in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico a couple of weeks ago.

I was impressed by how refreshing and flavorful my margarita was. It was smoky and distinct in flavor. Immediately it hit me that the flavor profile was a poblano pepper! What? A poblano pepper is sweet, smoky and chile of choice when making chiles rellenos. 

Now it’s in my margarita? Si senor!

While dining, we asked the server to bring us each a shot.  This smoky liqueur has all the delicious qualities of a poblano pepper, but I’m not going to lie, drinking it as a shot was awful.

It is an acquired taste to say the least. To each his own, but I personally feel that it is intended to be mixed with other ingredients.

Are you interested in trying Ancho Reyes Verde at home?  Here’s a fun, easy Verde Margarita recipe I think you’ll love! No fancy equipment required.

Verde Margarita

Yield 1 cocktail


  • 1.5 oz Blanco Tequila (88 Blanco Tequila)
  • 1 oz. Ancho Reyes Verde
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz Agave nectar
  • Sprig of thyme


  1. Pour over ice in a shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Pour into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Chef Rosie is the Chef Owner of Provecho Grill in Menifee, California and Xicana (coming soon). She is a two-time winner of the SoCal Chef Open and Farmer’s Market Flip, Season One, Episode One.  She can also be found writing about food for Menifee Buzz and Valley News.

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