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An Introduction to Making Cocktails Spicy 02:59

Brian Floyd

"Let's talk about making a cocktail spicy."

An Introduction to Making Cocktails Spicy 02:59

Brian Floyd

"Let's talk about making a cocktail spicy."

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The Steps

  1. 1. Cholula hot sauce is a good option for adding spice to cocktails. Chef Brian recommends adding Cholula, or your favorite hot sauce, to bloody marys, margaritas, and micheladas. 00:18

  2. 2. Ancho Reyes is a sweetened liqueur made from ancho chiles. It has a robust smoky and peppery flavor. Add Ancho Reyes to old fashioneds, whiskey cocktails, tequila cocktails, and mezcal cocktails for added smokiness and heat. 00:32

  3. 3. Bad Dog Fire & Damnation Bitters has a smoky, spicy flavor. Use Fire & Damnation Bitters in old fashioneds or gimlets. Bitters are good for adding an essence of flavor without overpowering the flavors in a drink. 01:04

  4. 4. To make a homemade habanero shrub, carefully slice and macerate habanero peppers. Add the peppers to a jar with champagne vinegar and leave in the refrigerator for a week. After a week, add sugar to the jar. The habanero shrub will have a fresh, bright flavor reminiscent of fresh peppers. 01:18

What You'll Need


- Cholula hot sauce
- Ancho Reyes ancho chile liqueur 
- Bad Dog Fire & Damnation Bitters
- Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub
- Homemade habanero shrub

Chef Notes

Chef Brian suggests using shrubs to add spice to cocktails. To learn how to make a shrub at home, visit his “How to Make a Shrub Drinking Vinegar” tutorial located at the bottom of the page. 

Bitters are made of water and alcohol and flavored with herbs, spices, bark, roots, or fruit. Bitters were originally developed as medicines but are now used to flavor cocktails. Bitters date back to the ancient Egyptians who infused jars of wine with medicinal herbs. 

Chef Brian recommends experimenting with different flavor profiles and techniques. He suggests trying different hot sauces or infusing your favorite alcohol with peppers or other spicy flavors. 


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Brian Floyd is a bartender at Austin's craft cocktail bar, Weather Up. Weather Up has been named one of the "10 Best Bars in ... read more