We love this spicy-dry-sweet tequila cocktail for many reasons. It tastes fantastic, and it ticks a whole lot of of favorite-cocktail boxes:

It’s Old Fashioned-esque. It’s strong and boozy — spirit-forward, if you prefer — made with Traditional Proof Syrup, an aged spirit (reposado tequila), and an orange peel garnish. Sound familiar?

It’s spicy. We get a lot of requests for spicy cocktails, and this one’s got just the right amount of heat plus a fresh poblano flavor.

It’s margarita-adjacent. Like a classic margarita, it’s tequila plus a liqueur. And while it lacks the lime juice of a classic ‘rita, it’s not like the cocktail police are going to kick your door in if you serve this with a lime wedge.

It’s riffable. We love a cocktail that leaves room for experimentation — and as long as you’re doing the mixing, you might as well make it your own. Bring on the variations!

  • If you like a little more sweet heat, add more liqueur.
  • For an intense smoky-smooth variation, mix this with half mezcal, half tequila.
  • If you like a little citrus with your agave spirits, use Orange Proof Syrup instead of Traditional.
  • If what you really want is a margarita, ‘rita this up with ½ oz lime juice (or more) and a good hard shake with ice. A tajin rim is a nice touch, too.


  • 1 ½ oz Lunazul Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz Traditional Proof Syrup
  • ¾ oz Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur
  • Orange Peel to Garnish



Mixing Glass

Bar Spoon



  1. Measure spirits and Proof Syrup into mixing glass; add ice and stir until well combined.
  2. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass.
  3. Express orange peel over top, then use as garnish.
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