Beat the cold this winter season with peppery, hot cocktails. Spicy beverages can help you heat up the holidays - or any chilly evening - when anything short of a fiery drink just won't do. Adjust the heat to your liking and enjoy the following spicy cocktail recipes.
Recipes for spicy cocktails
Cherry Pepper Martini
Serves 1 Ingredients: 1 ounce Absolut Pepper Vodka or other pepper infused vodka A few drops of grenadine Juice of 1/2 lime Directions: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime slice or a hot pepper.
Sweet and Spicy Rum Punch
Serves 1 Ingredients: 1 ounce cranberry juice 1 ounce orange juice 2 ounces passion-fruit rum 1 ounce passion-fruit puree 1/4 ounce fresh ginger juice 8 seeds from a red Thai chile 3 pieces chopped red Thai chile 1/2 red Thai chile, sliced, for garnish Nutmeg for garnish Directions: 1. To make ginger juice add 1/2 cup sliced fresh ginger in a pot with 2 cups of water and simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes. 2. Combine cranberry juice, orange juice, rum, passion fruit juice, ginger juice, chile seeds and chopped chile in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until fully combined and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg and chile peppers.
Homemade Pepper Vodka
Makes 1 whole bottle of vodka Ingredients: 1 (750 ml) bottle of vodka 5 or 6 whole chiles, any kind (jalapenos, Serrano, habanero, etc.), washed and dried, halved lengthwise Directions: Pour vodka into a large bowl or jar. Slice peppers and add to vodka. Let soak for 7 to 10 days in a cool dark place. Strain vodka through a cheesecloth back into the empty vodka bottle.