Unless, of course, you’re a fan of the heat, lavishing in the warmth of the sun. Not everyone can relate, but if you’re looking to keep things hot year-round, check out the following cocktails that will have you breaking a sweat in no time:
Of course, you could make this frozen. But for the full heat, you’ll want this on the rocks.
Rocks Mixers Jalapeño Lime Mixer
Toro de Lidia Blanco tequila
Fresh jalapeño slices
Muddle a few jalapeño and lime slices in a margarita glass, then add ice. Combine mixer and tequila in a shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and garnish with more jalapeño slices.
Watermelon Chile Martini
If you like a little sweet with your heat, this is the one for you.
3 oz Zamir Vodka
½ cup watermelon chunks
2 mint leaves
½ tsp Tajín
½” round of serrano pepper
Combine ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour over ice in a chilled martini glass, then garnish with basil.
This is a drink where you can easily turn the heat up or down, according to preference.
2 oz Sugarlands Shine Blockader’s Blackberry moonshine
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (more or less, to taste)
Topo Chico Mineral Water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Pour moonshine, pepper, and lemon juice over ice in a highball glass, then top off with mineral water. Stir, then serve.
If you like your cocktails with a south-of-the-border flair, then this is the one for you.
1 tray, frozen orange juice cubes
7 oz silver Zignum Mezcal
5 oz coconut milk
2 oz lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
½ small avocado
½ sliced fresh jalapeño, seeds removed
Put all ingredients (except Tajín) into a blender. Blend until smooth. Rim chilled margarita glass with Tajín, then fill. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired.
As the name suggests, this is not for the feint of heart, or of palate.
2-3 habanero peppers, seeded and sliced
1 ½ oz Guajiro Honey Rum
½ oz mandarin liqueur
½ oz fresh lemon juice
2 large sprigs of rosemary
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shaking until the rosemary is thoroughly infused. Strain into a coupe, and garnish with lemon and rosemary.