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Warm up with spicy cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Peppery, hot cocktails

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.

Peppery, hot cocktails

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.

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