Turn Up The Heat With These Spicy Cocktails

When you seek relief from the brutal summer sun, turn up the heat. Drinks that balance spice with refreshment are the perfect way to chill out, and since many styles of whisky are inherently spicy, they’re perfect to combine with little caliente flourishes. For example, “Rye brings some great baking spice and vanilla notes that pair great with chile spice,” says Lenny Heykants, bar manager at El Chingon Mexican Bistro in Denver. And the roasted notes of anything aged in oak match well with jalapeños and poblanos, adds Mike Bender, assistant general manager of Seven Grand Denver. Try these no-sweat recipes and see how cool spice can be.

Rye on Fire

This cocktail starts off citrusy but finishes on a spicy note.

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Suzie Q

The perfect sipper for those who like to dial up the heat a little, but not a lot.

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Prince of Passion

Bright and fresh, this cocktail has a jalapeño kick.

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Choco Chili

This chocolate-meets-chile cocktail is more mellow on the spice.

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a cocktail with a pepper and lemon garnish
a cocktail with a pepper and lemon garnish

Rye on Fire [Cocktail Recipe]

This rye-based cocktail starts off citrusy but finishes on a spicy note, thanks to the addition of chile liqueur and habanero shrub.

yellow cocktail in mason jar
yellow cocktail in mason jar

Suzie Q [Cocktail Recipe]

The spicy sipper uses concentrated ginger syrup and spiced liqueur to enhance the natural spice in rye whiskey.