Drinks with Chillies

Bartender serving drinks with Chillies


You will be surprised how adding just a little Chilli to your favourite drink gives it just a bit of "Je ne sais quois". One would think, "Okay, that works with drinks with a savoury theme", but what about the rest?  No problem, Chillies are so versatile that they can be combined with wines and sweet cocktails with absolutely amazing results. There are a great many drinks with Chillies, including Chilli and chocolate liqueurs and hot drinks, Chilli martinis, Jalapeno Margaritas - you name them - they are all there! This is a list of recipes that will include the conventional and the unusual in time.

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Making drinks with Chillies

Virgin bloody Mary
Chilli infused Vodka
Dirty bloody Mary

Inventing your own drinks

Drinks with Chillies. Inventing your own cocktails and drinks

Cocktail cabinet essentials

Not every spicy drink needs to be made to a recipe. All it needs is to add a bit of this, a bit of that, and you are on your way. It's great fun to experiment and come up with your own cocktails and drinks (especially with Chillies). There are some essentials that you will need to keep in your cocktail cabinet to do this.

Chilli salts and sugars

Use these to dust the rims of glasses for making Margarita and Martini type drinks. Chilli salt is excellent for making Tequilla shots with lemons. Chilli salts and sugars are easily made by simply adding Chilli powder or  flakes to sugar or salt and mixing wellSpicy drinks with Chillies

Hot sauce.

Hot sauce is a staple for your cocktail cabinet. Use it to spice up your Bloody Marys, Bloody Marias (bloody Mary made with tequila), Micheladas ( Spicy Mexican beers)  and margaritas.  It is good to have a selection of hot sauces with different heat intensities, e.g. Tabasco, Habanero and Piri-Piri sauce

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled Jalapenos are great to have on hand to add to most drinks with Chillies. Also, using the pickling juice is fantastic to add to Bloody Mary and Maria type drinks.

Chilli Flakes

Use Chilli flakes to dust lemons and limes for drinking Micheladas and Tequilla shots.

Chilli Infused Vodka

Make your own Chilli infused Vodka and keep it in the refrigerator. Use it as a base for making drinks  like Vodka Ginger cocktails  and Bloody Marys

A shaker

Use this to muddle fresh Chillies with other ingredients. Examples of drinks where Chillies are muddled  are   Burning Mandarin Martinis and Hot in  Rios


Great fresh Chillies to have on hand for making spicy drinks include Jalapenos, Cayennes, Serranos, Aji Amarillos, Habaneros and Scotch bonnets An  excellent example of a drink made with Habaneros is the Habanero blood orange margarita