Spice Up Your Drinking Experience: 5 Spicy Cocktails to Heat Up Your Evening
Oh, adrenaline! It's what drives people to skydive, ride roller coasters, and risk their lives in almost every way. Spicy food is available for the starting-level adrenaline junkie. But why limit yourself to numbing meals when you can spice up your drinks as well?
A life without spice would be extremely boring. However, it is a complex flavour to master in cocktails. Whenever a pepper is shaken or muddled for too long, or when the other components in the mix do not properly balance the spice, you may end up with a drink that either burns your throat or disappoints you.
But when you get the balance right, especially the categories like sweetness and dilution, you'll have a drink full of flavour complexities that will leave you desiring more.
There's an entire world of spicy cocktails out there, so get your taste buds on fire and experience the pleasure-pain paradox. We can assure you that the spice is delicious.
1. Spicy Margarita
For many excellent reasons, this take on the classic margarita has become a mainstay of the cocktail world. Its flawless balance of vegetal, sour, spicy, and sweet flavours make it incredibly easy to drink and quite rich on the palate.
For sweetness, tequila is combined with an equal proportion of agave syrup and orange liqueur. Jalapeño peppers add the intense heat and fresh lime juice offers balance. To give the drink its signature spicy flavour, a few pepper slices are added to the mixing tins and shaken with tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice. Strain into a glass with ice and garnish with Jalapeno coins.
This Daiquiri-inspired cocktail is perfect if rum is your preferred spirit for sour drinks. A dash of cayenne pepper powder adds an irresistible kick to aged rum combined with orange liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup. The fresh juiciness of the muddled watermelon tempers the spice.
You just need to muddle the watermelon. Mix the aged rum, lime juice, orange liqueur, simple syrup, and cayenne pepper with ice and shake. Strain the mix in a cocktail glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.
3. Bloody Maria
Since the mid-1930s, the Bloody Mary has been used as a hangover cure. Its popularity has led to the creation of numerous variations, such as the gin-spiked Red Snapper and the bloody Caesar, which is Canada's national beverage. With its base of agave spirits, The Bloody Maria, on the other hand, makes a compelling case for overthrowing the classic. Bloody Maria requires a lengthy list of ingredients, but once you try it, you won't go back. Pro tip: For the perfect smoky, savoury, spicy cocktail, try substituting mezcal for tequila.
To make Bloody Maria you need to take a shaker with ice and mix tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, Tapatio, celery salt, and black pepper. Strain the drink into a pint glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, a cucumber spear, and a skewer of sweet pepper slices, jalapeno slices, and queso fresco.
4. Dante Belpepper
True to its name, a ripe bell pepper is the key component of this mezcal-based refresher. Lime juice, agave syrup, cilantro, bell pepper puree, and lemon juice all accentuate the earthy, vegetal, and smoky flavours of mezcal. It's a perfect match for Taco Tuesday and a fun surprise brunch beverage.
Mix the mezcal lime juice, agave syrup, cilantro, bell pepper puree, and lemon juice and shake. Strain the mix in a highball glass with ice and garnish with a carrot top sprig.
5. Jalapeño Pineapple Moscow Mule
Prepare yourself for an exotic escapade with the Jalapeño Pineapple Moscow Mule. This concoction elevates the traditional Moscow Mule to new heights by adding a spicy pineapple infusion. Imagine the sweetness of pineapple merging seamlessly with the heat of jalapeño, all mingling within the classic ginger beer and vodka base. This cocktail is a tropical paradise with a spicy twist.
This is one of the easiest spicy and refreshing cocktails you can make to serve your guests. Mix pineapple vodka, fresh pineapple juice, ginger beer, lime juice, and one slice of jalapeno and shake. Strain the drink into a copper mug and garnish it with a wedge of lime and a slice of pineapple.