Five Cocktails with Chilito to Try This Summer

One of the best parts of summer approaching is the promise of refreshing drinks enjoyed under the sun. Let’s’ face it, it’s well-deserved retribution for working through rising temperatures and sometimes, a good cocktail is the only right way to kick off a weekend (or end a bad day).

I’m usually more of a beer drinker. I consider it to be a noble drink and to be honest, I just really love the taste. Exceptions are necessary though, I get it. The thing with beer is that you get to a point where you just can’t have any more of it and you need a break. Also true? Life sometimes demands something a little bit more impressive.  

An honest love for mezcal-based concoctions made me realize that chile doesn’t necessarily need to belong only in micheladas and margarita glass rims. As is often the case when it comes to food, a little bit of spice in drinks can be a damn good idea.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few drinks made with jalapeño, habanero and even chipotle that will go down nicely any warm summer day.

Hot Boozy Goodness

Jalapeño Margaritas

Ingredients

3 cups of tequila

1 cup Grand Marnier

1 ½ cups fresh lime juice

Agave syrup to taste

Ice

Lime & jalapeño slices for garnish

Salt for the glasses (optional)

Jalapeño infused tequila:

1 cup tequila

1 jalapeño

Preparation:

  • Add the jalapeño to the tequila and let it sit up to a day.
  • Remove jalapeños and pour into a small serving glass.
  • Save the jalapeños to serve on the side.
  • Blend the ingredients without adding the jalapeño tequila.
  • Add spicy tequila to taste.

You can start adding the spicy tequila straight into the blender once you’ve mastered the recipe. The original can be found here.

Burning Mandarin Martini

Ingredients

1 thin sliced fresh serrano pepper

1 ½ ounce of vodka

¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

½ ounce simple syrup

½ ounce cranberry juice

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 orange wedge

Preparation:

  • Place 2 slices of serrano pepper into a cocktail shaker.
  • Mash lightly with a muddler.
  • Add vodka, lemon, orange juice, syrup and cranberry juice.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Rim a glass with orange and sugar, then add ice.
  • Strain the cocktail in.
  • Coat a slice of serrano pepper with sugar.
  • Add as a garnish.

Find the original recipe here.

Habanero Pisco Sour

Ingredients

2 ounces of Pisco

1 ounce of lime juice

1-ounce habanero infused syrup

1 egg white

Ice

Preparation:

To make the habanero syrup:

  • Slice 2 habanero peppers in quarters lengthwise and clean seeds and veins.
  • Add the quarters to a saucepan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water.
  • Bring the mixture to a slow boil.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Strain into a mason jar and let the habanero infused simple syrup cool.

To make the cocktail:

  • Mix the Pisco, lime juice, syrup and egg white in a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake for 1 minute.
  • Serve strained in a glass.

Find the original recipe here.

 Strawberry-Pineapple Hotness

Ingredients

2 strawberries

2 teaspoons of sugar

2 ounces of vodka

2 ounces pineapple juice

1 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

Pineapple slices

Preparation:

  • Add sliced strawberries and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
  • Mash with a muddler.
  • Add vodka, pineapple juice, and chipotle adobo sauce.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with pineapple.

Find the original recipe here.

Spicy Cucumber Cocktail

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of cilantro

1 thinly sliced serrano

1 lemon

1 tablespoon of raw sugar

1 large cucumber

4 ounces of vodka

4 ounces club soda

Preparation:

  • Blend the cucumber, lemon juice and sugar in a food processor.
  • Strain to remove pulp.
  • Add cilantro and the sliced serrano in a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour the juice into the shaker and muddle to break the serrano and cilantro.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Add vodka and shake for about 40 seconds.
  • Place ice in two glasses and split the cocktail between them.
  • Top with club soda.

Find the original recipe here.

You can play around a little, obviously. After all, what better way to figure out the perfect amount of liquor or chile needed in your cocktail than by sampling them with friends? You can also add a little more spice if you’re feeling brave. Just try not to overdo it.

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