I Need A Cocktail: Sweet Sweet Heat
Ok … wrap your head around this: ghost pepper simple syrup. Sounds weird as s**t, right? Well, as it turns out … it’s pretty freaking awesome.
I had a few of my writers (and some +1s) over Sunday for a cocktail before we went to gorge on Endless Appetizers and had decided to make Blueberry Lavender Mojitos (from Market-Fresh Mixology). Well … since I’m a goofball, I thought my homemade lavender gin was actually lavender syrup*, so they ended up being gin mojitos (if that’s a thing). To make things even more fun, we tossed some Torani Sweet Heat syrup into the cocktails. (Recipe below.)
I’m excited to try this syrup in more of my cocktails. While I usually hate margaritas, spicy margaritas are OK in my book, so I’m half considering smuggling some of this into the next Tex-Mex restaurant I visit. (No, Mr. Manager … this flask doesn’t have alcohol in it. Why?)
Buy Torani Sweet Heat online or at a retailer. (Call ahead to check since it’s one of their more unique flavors.)
BLUEBERRY LAVENDER GHOST PEPPER (GIN) MOJITO
What You'll Need:
12 mint leaves
2oz lavender gin
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4oz Torani Sweet Heat Ghost Pepper syrup
How You'll Do It:
Muddle the mint leaves, lime juice, blueberries, and gin in a tall glass. (Don’t over-muddle.)
Add pepper syrup and stir.
Add ice, top with club soda, and stir carefully with a bar spoon.
Here are some other recipes that Torani suggests for Sweet Heat:
HAND CRAFTED SWEET HEAT LEMONADE
½oz Torani Sweet Heat syrup
1¼oz fresh lime juice
8oz soda water
(Add a shot of vodka for a little more fun)
HANDCRAFTED HOT LEMONADE
1½oz Torani Sweet Heat syrup
1oz simple syrup
1¼oz fresh lemon juice
(Add a flavored vodka for a little more fun)
For more know-how on cocktails head to Susie's blog susiedrinksdallas.com!