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Your Pretzels Are About to Get Spicy

The best cocktail snacks are salty, crunchy and spicy, and this simple one-two combo delivers. Store-bought pretzel rods are sunk into a fiery chile oil. They’re perfect alongside an ice cold beer.—Jessica Battilana

Spicy Pretzel Sticks

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Pretzel rods, for serving

In a small heavy bottom saucepan, combine the olive oil and red pepper flakes. Cook over low heat until the oil registers 180°F on an deep-frying thermometer. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain the oil into a clear glass jar, and discard the red pepper flakes. Stand pretzel rods up in the jar of oil so they’re partially submerged. Serve.

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