If you're like us, you are ready to embrace the warmer weather. And what better way to celebrate the season than with cocktails that bring the heat? We found a range of spicy drinks for you to try at local establishments, plus a recipe for you to make at home. So drink up the sun and these hot beverages.
Spice Level: Light
Made with Lunazul Tequila, Grand Marnier, ginger beer, agave syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice, this drink has a subtle, refreshing spice. For those who aren't a huge fan of the heat, this is the ideal recommendation. But if you're looking for an extra punch, enjoy eating the raw piece of ginger after you finish the drink.
Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
Green Chili Ale
Spice Level: Mild
With 50 pounds of Anaheim chile peppers and 2 pounds of Serrano chile peppers, which are added during the primary fermentation, this beer has a nice kick. And according to the Flat Branch website, it is unlike anything else on tap and has a huge following. So if you aren't a cocktail person, but want some heat, this brew is for you.
Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge
Spice Level: Medium
The star of this drink is the jalapeño, pineapple and cilantro-infused moonshine from DogMaster Distillery. Agave and fresh lime balance out the heat in this cocktail, but it is definitely good if you're looking to get your sweet and spicy fix.
DIY Spicy Margarita
Dallas-style agave way
This drink inspired this spicy cocktails article. Dallas resident Ann Burke made me her take on one of her favorite drinks, and I now prefer margaritas with a little heat. Try this cocktail at home, and you might too.
- 5 black grapes
- 1 Hatch green chile or jalapeño
- Lime juice (1 ounce per serving)
- Agave syrup (1/2 ounce per serving)
- 2 ounces of Reposado Tequila
- Muddle the grapes, chile, agave and lime juice in a glass
- Add the tequila and shake with ice
- Strain and pour into a cocktail glass over ice
- Garnish with a grape, lime, chile or all three