If you enjoy a little spice now and then, give it a try in cocktails. You can achieve the perfect balance of spicy and sweet when you combine chili peppers with citrus and a sweetener. The key is getting that perfect balance.
Taste: When making cocktails with any kind of chili pepper, one of the most important things is to taste while mixing. Everyone has a different tolerance for spice, so simply following a recipe can result in too much or too little heat and flavor for your palate. Before adding a chili to your mix, give it a taste to make sure it is not too spicy.
Best chilies: Some of the best peppers to use in cocktails are the chili serrano, jalapeno, or chili pequin pepper because they are in the mid-spicy range. You can also use a habanero if you prefer even more heat in your drink.
Adjust the heat: Keep in mind that if you start out with an extremely spicy pepper, it is difficult to take away the heat. If you do happen to add too much spice, a little citrus juice like lemon, lime, or orange juice may temper the heat. You can also gradually add some sugar water to dilute and counter the spice.
Prep the peppers: To prep the chili peppers for your cocktail, thinly slice them and remove all of the seeds. Seeds are difficult to muddle, and you don't want to have seeds in your drink. After you add the chili pepper flesh to the cocktail shaker, muddle it into a fine paste. Shake with the rest of the ingredients.
Garnish: Garnish your drinks with a slice of chili pepper to give your guests a visual of the spice and heat.
Makes 1 serving
Makes 1 cocktail
Makes 1 serving
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