What’s in a name?
When you hear of a cocktail named Mint Passion, the last thing you think is spicy. Not at Lobster Bar Fort Lauderdale on Las Olas. Their idea of Mint Passion is more our speed, mixing in pretty hot ingredients with some terrific tropical fruit tang.
Well, you can’t go wrong with tropical fruit and chili peppers. The chipotle smokiness balances the mint and passion fruit tang very well, and the habanero…well…it’s habanero. It’s slightly sweet with the potential for enormous heat.
That said, our first Mint Passion had a low to medium heat; it was a little tame for anyone used to the spicy food. The normal recipe is definitely meant to not challenge most taste buds. We asked them to spice it up the second round, and the cocktail came with a definite kick upgrade. It wasn’t 100,000 Scoville heat units hot, but a definite cayenne pepper level of spiciness. That’s perfect for a spicy cocktail meant for sipping. The lesson? Tell your server you love the spice and to spice it up! That should get it right the first time.
The next time you’re in South Florida, check the Mint Passion out at Lobster Bar Fort Lauderdale. There’s a lot of terrific food and drink here, well beyond this spicy concoction.