It's far too easy to get stuck in a routine when it comes to making drinks at home. But what is the point of having that totally darling bar cart in the corner if you usually end up just popping open a bottle of wine or throwing back some beer? Amp up your cocktail game with a secret ingredient that'll actually get you excited about mixology again: pepper.
It may sound strange, but don't let it scare you. Whether you're using black or pink peppercorns, rest assured they'll add nuance to your drinks without overpowering them. The woodsy, fruity, slightly fiery aromas in pepper help open up the other ingredients in your cocktail, especially if there are fruit and fresh herbs involved. It's a natural pairing with gin and pairs well with herbal tonics and liqueurs.
If you're intrigued but don't know where to start, take a look at these mouthwatering recipes. They'll have you whipping out your cocktail shaker and pepper grinder before you can say happy hour.