Any True Blood fans out there? It’s an HBO series set in the heart of Louisiana. A synthetic blood has been created, and vampires have been able to “come out of the coffin”, as it were, and live among us. Where there’s one, there is usually more, and lots of other supernatural characters have been introduced – werewolves, shape shifters, ancient fire gods. In a world full of junky, reality TV – it’s nice to have a television program that’s still scripted! This past Sunday was the Season 5 finale, and it didn’t disappoint.

My favorite character, Lafayette – who is a gay Voodoo priest/medium, in addition to a line cook, made some delectable looking Cajun Margaritas for the waitresses after their shift ended. I love margaritas, and I love the flavors and feelings that go along with anything Cajun. I couldn’t wait to make them! Most recipes I found online simply called for the addition of hot sauce to make it Cajun, but that just sounded lame. Then, I remembered the strawberry-infused vodka I had made earlier in the year. Why not do the same with chile peppers and tequila?

It’s an extra step that takes a day or so, but man oh man. It’s so amazing how liquor can leech all the qualities from something into itself. After only an overnight soaking of jalapenos and serranos in a Mason jar full of tequila, it had a lot of heat to it. We’ve made a Habenero IPA before, that we really liked. It’s so wild to take a drink, and feel the heat in your blood. This margarita gives it to you!

I’ve never been a blended marg gal, but I liked it here. Almost like a fire & ice thing going on. Jon and I both really enjoyed them, he drank virtually the whole pitcher. Which, isn’t like him – he’s a beer guy. So, if you’re looking for something a little bit different to go on this long weekend’s menu, add these to the menu. A little heat to close out this last week of summer!


  1. Posted August 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    How fun, I love the chile infusion!

  2. Posted August 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    I love this! I was totally craving a margarita after I watched that episode. Definitely need to make these soon!

  3. Suliana
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    I love Lafayette and this drink! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Courtney
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this post. Immediately after I saw Lafayette bring out those margaritas I thought, ‘I hope someone has a recipe for those!’ and now I’ve found it. Awesome : D

  5. Mozelle
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much, I have been searching since the episode aired! Loving True Blood’s Lafayette, your site and on Friday I’ll be loving Lafayette’s Cajun Margaritas! Again, Thank you.

  6. Posted September 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    thanks SO much for the recipe, been lookin for it ever since the first words of CAJUN and MARGARITA were put together <33 NOTHING gets any lovlier !! THANKS

  7. Posted September 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

    really liked the drink. featured on Friday Five –

  8. Shannon
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this, I was wanting one since I saw the episode. I am making these for the Superbowl.

  9. J Rossi
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

    As I recall, Arlene commented that the Cajun Margarita “tastes like candy.” That would not be the case with all the spicy ingredients, I would think.

    • Laura
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful comment.

      Lafayette garnished the drink with a Habenero pepper – which totally indicates spicyness to me. Tabasco was obviously added to the drink to give it that orange hue, was another clue to the hint of heat. There’s plenty of sugar in the margarita mix, and I assure you the drink is sweet too. Something can be sweet and spicy at the same time, you know.

      Lots of people refer to things that the enjoy as “candy”, I don’t think she meant it literally. I think she meant it as it was delicious, and she could find herself drinking more than one!

    • Amanda M.
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

      I agree with you as well. I was kinda sad to see that it was mostly spicy. Margarita mix is still more sour than sweet, in my opinion, so I was hoping for something fruitier with just a little spice to it. This recipe would be really fun though. considering Cinco de Mayo is coming up. Gonna recommend it to some friends.

  10. Juli
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    I am going to try this this weekend…how did you get it so peach colored? Other than the 1tsp of Tabasco?

    • Posted February 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

      Just the Tabasco, Juli. It doesn’t add much in the way of heat – so don’t be afraid to add more than 1 tsp if you’re down with that!

      • Juli
        Posted February 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

        Wow! Made it! So hot!!! I have to keep adding ice. And sure enough the color is exactly like the picture. I even got the sonic ice. Man, just like you said it’s hot, sweet spicy and icy
        ALL at once! I love it when a recipe works out just like you hope! Thank you. Awesome recipe! Tonight was a dry run for a Cajun themed party we’re hosting next sat. Definitely made the cut!

  11. Jenny
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    I missed the finale of True Blood last season. It aired again last night in anticipation for the upcoming new season. Wow! What an episode! Lafayette is my favorite character, too. When “LaLa” brought out the Cajun Margaritas my first thought was, “I have to search for a recipe. This should be a winner.” This drink will be perfect to serve during this season’s upcoming opening episode. Thank you so much for taking the time to share. I made a really great drink from a Layfayette inspiration back in – like 2008. I’ll have to remember what that was. I’ve had a hard time making it again because every time I think of it, it is the wrong time of year because the required blood oranges are seasonal. LOL I should post it to my calendar. Cheers to Lafayette!

    • Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

      I would love that recipe, Jenny! I watched the last epiosode last night too when it aired. And this season looks like it’s going to not let us down either. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, this is one I was very excited to share with other Truebies. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  12. Kat f
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Can you substitute another hot sauce for the Tobasco? I love tapatio and think that might be nice. Does the quality of the tequila matter for taste?

    • Posted August 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

      Any hot sauce would be fine, but you’d want one that’s red to give it that orangey hue. I always advocate using the best tequila that I can! Sauza Hornitos is a great tequila for the price.

  13. Toni
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. One question…did you chop the jalapenos and serranos, exposing the seeds and membranes to the tequila as well? I’m just trying to get a feel for how hot the tequila should be. Thanks!

    • Posted September 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

      For the larger jalapenos, I sliced them in half vertically – and the smaller guys, I just put in whole. Hope you enjoy!

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