Slideshow: 11 Spicy Drink Recipes to Make at Home

Not-So-Bloody Mary
Not-So-Bloody Mary

This delicate brunch drink's based on a homemade chili vodka, so you can choose how spicy you want it to be. You'll infuse vodka with fresh bird's eye chilies for two days, then strain and mix with a light, fresh tomato water made by blending tomatoes in a blender and then straining the result. Go spicy or pickled for the garnishes, depending on your hunger for heat.

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[Photo: Heather Arndt Anderson]

Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot

In Texas, they know how to face the heat. At Haddingtons in Austin, they drink this concoction, made with Wild Turkey, Aperol, and fresh orange juice, plus a dash of hot sauce to spice things up.

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[Photo: Melody Fury]

The Spice of Life
The Spice of Life

A little strawberry, cilantro, cucumber, and lime adds freshness to this spicy sriracha cocktail. The original recipe uses tequila, but you can also make a more herbal version with gin, or a smoky variation with mezcal.

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[Photo: Nicci Silva]

Vampira
Vampira

Tequila, which has an herbal, grassy side, is great in savory cocktails. This one's spiced with Cholula hot sauce; it's somewhere between a Bloody Maria and a Paloma, made with Clamato, blanco tequila, and a little grapefruit soda.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Lychee-Thai Chili Lemonade
Lychee-Thai Chili Lemonade

Sweet fresh lychees are cut with the heat of a Thai chili and tart lemon juice in this non-alcoholic summer drink. Of course, if you wanted to add a little gin, we wouldn't stop you...

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[Photo: Dave Katz]

Grilled Tomato and Toasted Chili Cocktail
Grilled Tomato and Toasted Chili Cocktail

To make this drink, you'll toast some dried guajillo chiles on the grill, then smash 'em up with smoky mezcal. Sweet grilled tomatoes and lime juice make a fresh backbone for this savory, spicy cocktail, ideal for pairing with smoky grilled meat.

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[Photo: Heather Meldrom]

Green Gloves
Green Gloves

This recipe from Mayahuel in NYC's East Village starts with jalapeno-spiced blanco tequila, plus herbal Chartreuse and fresh celery juice. A little smoked salt helps the flavors pop.

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[Photo: Linda Xiao]

Garden Paloma
Garden Paloma

This one's from New York's Raines Law Room, and it features a jalapeno agave syrup that makes your lips tingle a little. The delicate vegetal side of blanco tequila is boosted with celery bitters, and the fizzy drink is balanced with fresh grapefruit and lime.

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[Photo: Linda Xiao]

Upgraded Prarie Fire
Upgraded Prarie Fire

What if the Prarie Fire were a delicious long drink instead of a rough-going shot? It would be made this way, with a spicy pineapple syrup, fresh lime, pisco, and coconut liqueur.

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[Photo: Jeff Lucas]