Signature Cascabel Margarita

Margarita del Cascabel
Rick Bayless and Bar Manager/Mixologist Jordan Johnston developed this margarita to grab the audience’s attention as they enter the theater.  The addition of a citrus bitters and the unique cascabel chile salt sets this cocktail apart from the more traditional margarita.
Servings: 1Margarita


  • 1 1/2ounces silver tequila (we like Cazadores Plata)
  • 1/2ounce orange curacao
  • 2ounces limonada*
  • 3drops orange or grapefruit bitters (favorites include Bitter Truth and Bitter Cube)
  • Cascabel salt for rim**


*Mix together 5 ounces of lime juice, 3 ounces of sugar and 10 ounces of water. This will make more than you need for one margarita, but it can be your base.

**Spread several cascabel chiles on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Let chiles cool, pull out stems and seeds, place chiles in a blender. Pulverize. Mix equal parts pulverized chile and coarse kosher salt.

Pour all contents into margarita shaker, fill with ice, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, strain into Cascabel salt-rimmed glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.


  1. I saw you episode 1007 on PBS and would like to get the recipe for margarita with mescal and hoya santa leaves with absinthe. It does not appear on the web site.

    1. Hello Linda –
      Unfortunately we do not publish all recipes from the TV show (just most of them!) That was a recipe from Mixoligist Joseph Mortera and was not published from Season 10. But I do think that testing cocktail recipes can be quite fun! Good luck experimenting!

  2. I love Margaritas. I have just found your show. You were at a place where the bartender was the best. He fixed one that had vanilla mixed in the salt on the rim. Have you published that recipe. We do alot of camping with friends in remote parks and this is one I would love to surprise our friends with since one of them is the jello shot queen.

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