Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas (a mocktail!)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of H-E-B. The opinions and text are all mine.

Someone recently asked me what my least favorite part of pregnancy is and I said, “I can’t drink margaritas!!!!!!!”

To make pregnancy beverages a wee-bit less boring, here we are with a spicy booze-less margarita! A few weeks ago I shared that frozen margarita mocktail, but this week I was feeling a spicy, on-the-rocks mocktail was in order.


I am not a spicy food person, so the first time I tried a spicy margarita I was sure I’d be like, “eww. no thank you.”  But that didn’t happen.  I loved it and spicy margaritas became my go-to drink.  Instead of the typical jalapeño margarita, this mocktail recipe is made with freshly muddled hatch chilis from H-E-B.

Hatch chilis are still a new-ish-to-me food.  Growing up my dad grew a garden filled with habanero peppers (SO SPICY!).  Since I’m not fully on team hot & spicy, I went for the mild Hatch peppers and muddled one, 1/4″ wide pepper round into the margarita.  The spiciness was present, but I didn’t feel like it singed off my tastebuds…which, you know, is nice.  

If you live near an H-E-B, then you know how awesome of a grocery store it is.  They have reasonable prices, while still giving you that grocery shopping experience I want when shopping.  The stores are pretty and filled with creative food, from the bakery section to premade fish dishes like, salmon wheels stuffed with crab.

But back to current events…

Today, August 9th, H-E-B is kicking off their Hatch Chili Event, complete with in-store chili roastings and shelves stocked with numerous Hatch chili products, both sweet & savory.  See below…

…we’ve got Hatch chili filled chips, salsa, queso AND (if you’re an adventurous dessert person) even cookies.

But for now, I highly recommend you getting yourself some fresh hatch chilis and making yourself a tequila-filled or tequila-less spicy margarita.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas (a mocktail!)

Yield: makes 1 mocktail; easily doubled, tripled, and beyond


spicy margarita mocktail
1 slice fresh H-E-B hatch chili, cut into 1/4" wide rounds
3 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
3 oz store-bought limeade
3 oz bubbly club soda or seltzer water

salt rim
1 tsp salt mixed with 1 tsp chili powder

lime wedges
grapefruit wedges
fresh H-E-B hatch chilis cut into 1/4" wide rounds


Rub the rim of a glass with a lime.  Then spread salt-chili powder mixture on a plate and dip glass rim into it.  

Add your hatch chili round into your glass and muddle.  Then add in all remaining spicy margarita mocktail ingredients into your glass.  Add ice and garnishes.  ENJOY!


  1. HEB is my fave. Using curbside pickup or Shipt makes it even better!

    I don’t love spicy cocktails but I do love grapefruit, so this looks fab!

  2. Yum! Love all those colors! And I could totally eat those chips right now even though it’s only 9am….

  3. You are always so creative…love the things you come up with. Looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! :) Thanks for sharing! I always look forward to reading your blog every single morning. Thank you for doing what you do, Kylie!

  4. Kaci and I made the choice at a young age that we wouldn’t drink. This was made because of experiences during our childhood. That said, it stinks when we don’t have a fun drink, but this looks perfect! Thanks, Kylie!

  5. I was looking for a mocktail recipe for my pregnant sister’s birthday fiesta this weekend and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing. I love your blog :)

  6. HEB is seriously the best. I’m about to move to Galveston and will probably be making trips to the nearest HEB in Houston for my groceries. These margaritas sound and look delicious! The first time I tried a spicy marg i felt the same way (aka not excited about it) but I ended up really enjoying it! I’ve also never utilized hatch green chilies in anything, so this might be my chance!

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