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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.