It’s not unusual to come across a Spicy Margarita on cocktail menus today. And while a properly spiced Margarita can be a fiery masterpiece, heat shouldn’t be confined to only one usage. We tasked our DrinkWire contributors to think beyond the Margarita and come up with some innovative spicy cocktail recipes of their own.
There’s a reason the Spicy Margarita works: the classic combo of agave, spice and citrus. The Rooster Skull uses those same principles but employs a dash of Sriracha to keep you guessing. A little salt pulls everything together.
Balance is the key to a great cocktail, but sometimes it’s the first thing to go in spicy drinks. The Spicy Peach achieves the right combination of flavors with the sweet peach and peach bitters, giving it layers of peach flavor with a fiery bite.
The Hot Sands has not one but three layers of spice. From an infused pisco to a red-chile-flake and ginger syrup to the chile-salt limes, this spicy drink is full of complex flavors without an overly complicated list of instructions. Make it once, and it’s bound to be part of your regular routine.
If you're a fan of whiskey cocktails, then you may already be a fan of the classic Brown Derby. This variation takes a spicy turn with a simple twist on honey syrup. There aren’t many well-executed spicy whiskey cocktails out there, but this one is sure to wow guests.
Sotol is a vegetal spirit from Northern Mexico that’s made from Dasylirion or the “desert spoon” plant. It’s earthy and basically tastes like the desert from where it came. If you’ve never had it, try it in this super refreshing, spicy cocktail.