Hot Buttered Rum

Extra Hot Buttered Rum

So smooth and rich, yet with a kick…

What’s not to love when three of a recipe’s primary ingredients are rum, butter, and sugar. That’s the decadent deliciousness of hot buttered rum. So smooth, rich, and flavorful. But this spicy hot buttered rum recipe adds a little something extra. A dose of cayenne pepper lights a simmering flame to the smooth taste. This is a winter cocktail that warms you to the core. 

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Spicy Mulled Wine

Spicy Mulled Wine

Turn up the warmth on your winter wine…

Spiced mulled wine is the perfect feel-good treat during a cold winter’s day. Spices like cinnamon and cloves provide a homey warmth to the wine, but you could add some real spiciness too. A small amount of cayenne pepper powder added during the simmering process can ramp up that homey spice. It’s still a friendly level of heat, especially if you keep it to a simple half a teaspoon. But obviously you can take things further than that if you’re a spicy food fan. This is one mulled wine that’ll warm you right up in no time flat.

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Jalapeno Mint Julep

Jalapeño Mint Julep

Refreshing minty sting…

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious pairing of refreshing mint, soothing sweetness, and sultry sting. It’s all there in a jalapeño mint julep: part summertime sipper, part smack-your-lips spice. It’s a yummy spicy cocktail twist on a classic – perfect for summer months, but really it’s delicious year-round.

Jalapeño pepper provides the bite. When muddled, it releases those potent chili oils, so even without the jalapeño seeds there’s definite heat to this drink. Serve garnished with mint, or for the real spice lovers, garnish with additional jalapeño wheels. If you dare, double up on the muddled jalapeño, but beware – it may tip the spicy balance of this cocktail too far for the mere moderately spice-inclined. 

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Spicy Mango Margarita

Spicy Mango Margarita

Refreshing tropical taste with a subtle sting…

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious spicy mango margarita! It’s deliciously refreshing – tropical sweet and just a little spice, brought to you by cayenne pepper powder. It’s just a pinch of cayenne, so think sizzle not fire in terms of heat. Of course, you can always adjust up if you want something extra fiery. This is one of those perfect vacation drinks – it just puts you in that relaxed island-living state of mind. So get ready to put your feet up.

You can pick up frozen mango chunks from most supermarkets, look for them in the frozen aisle alongside other frozen fruits. Or, of course, try fresh mango chunks if you have fresh mango around. 

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Spicy Paloma Cocktail

Spicy Paloma Cocktail

Part margarita, part greyhound, all spice…

Tired of leaning on the margarita when thinking of spicy Mexican cocktails? Have you tried a spicy paloma? It’s grapefruit-based like a greyhound cocktail with the tangy lime of the margarita. Yeah, it’s tasty, and one of the most popular cocktails in Mexico. In the U.S., it’s nowhere near the popularity of the margarita, so it’s the perfect refreshing drink to make to wow your friends.

The heat source in our spicy paloma is jalapeño simple syrup. You can buy this ingredient perhaps at specialty shops, but it’s also very simple to make. Take a look at our jalapeño simple syrup recipe to get started. Don’t forget to keep some jalapeños to the side to cut into wheels to act as an alternative garnish instead of the typical grapefruit slices. 

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Habanero Infused Tequila

Habanero Infused Tequila

Tequila on the edge…

We don’t know if there’s a correlation between loving tequila and loving spicy food, but if we had to guess, they’ve got to be linked. This habanero infused tequila recipe brings the best of both worlds together, converging into one extra hot bottle of pure bliss. It’s delicious as a spicy shot on its own, or try it as a mixer for a spicy Tequila Sunrise or other tequila-based cocktail.

You can control the overall heat of this habanero tequila by choosing how long to steep the habanero peppers. Less time means less spiciness; more time means an extra-hot experience. And, as always, when working with habanero peppers, use kitchen gloves when handling the chilies. Extra hot peppers and above can cause especially painful chili burn. Be protected and wash your hands immediately after handling as well. 

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Sriracha Margarita

Rooster-rita all the way…

Sriracha goes with anything…seriously. For instance, turn that classic margarita into a Rooster-rita with a little dab of the famous sauce. It provides plenty of heat and a nice splash of color.

Spice up the Sriracha margarita even more with a hot sauce salted rim. It’s easy to do, and provides a delicious kick from the minute your lips hit the glass. Top it off with a jalapeño wheel garnish and you’re off to the races with this delicious spicy cocktail twist.

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Spicy Mexican Michelada

Spicy Mexican Michelada

Savory with sting…

There’s no doubt that when you look at a spicy Mexican michelada recipe that your mind can easily go into overload trying to comprehend the possible flavor. Stop trying, just trust us: It’s shockingly delicious. There’s a savoriness here, tangy, salty, and spicy. And through it all is a very subtle fish undertone from the Clamato. It’s a strange mix, yes, but it all just works.

The heat source is Tabasco and cayenne pepper from the coated rim. If you want a little more heat, add a pinch or two of cayenne directly to the recipe. It’ll liven things up. 

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Spicy Moscow Mule

Spicy Moscow Mule

This Moscow Mule has real kick.

We love the pairing of flavor-packed ginger beer with the big fruity heat of habanero pepper in this spicy Moscow Mule recipe. Make no mistake – the habanero here, when muddled, packs a punch. But it’s the kind of spiciness you need to make an impact on an already “big flavor” cocktail. Plus we love the hint of fruitiness that habanero brings with it too. It pairs nicely with ginger.

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Cajun Martini

Cajun Martini

The Tabasco-coated olives make the drink…

Cajun martini recipes come in all sorts of flavors. Some are simply traditional martinis with a jalapeño garnish, but others – like our recipe below – step it up with pepper-infused vodka and Tabasco-coated olives. Now that’s the Cajun spice we know and love!

On the vodka, you can pick up a bottle of Absolut Peppar or try your hand at creating your own homemade jalapeño vodka. It’s easy to do, just prep well in advance of when you expect to make this deliciously spicy cocktail. 

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