Fire It Up
Get in the mood this Valentines Day by sipping on something spicy.
Some scientific types consider chili peppers to be aphrodisiacs of sort—something about how the rush of heat from these little guys mimics the sexual response in humans. Hey, who are we to argue? So, instead of indulging in the usual sweetly decadent dessert drinks this Valentine’s Day, why not treat yourself and your significant other to one of these torrid cocktails? You can thank us later.
Robin Schubert, co-owner and resident mixologist at Absolutli Goosed, incorporates an in-house jalapeño-infused vodka in two very different but equally delicious concoctions. The Nothing But Heat Mary uses the custom spirit along with Goosed’s house Bloody Mary mix, Sriracha and wasabi powder for a scorching take on the brunch classic. But peppers can also be subtle, as evidenced by the Spicy Granny, which combines the piquant vodka with the rich flavors of Grand Marnier, Creme de Cacao and Amarula— a South African cream liqueur made from the marula fruit—for a delightfully subtle tingle on the tongue. We’re told there’ll be a tequila, pineapple and habañero creation debuting soon on the spring menu. (We can’t wait!)
At Eclipse, barmen Seth Wahlman and Tony Saputo have come up with a libation that marries the zest of chilies and the natural sweetness of fresh fruit for a multi-layered taste sensation. The drink, dubbed Santa Muerte, is built on the traditional Margarita base of blanco tequila, Cointreau and lime juice, then ups the ante by muddling a slice of jalapeño and six fresh raspberries. The concoction is topped off by throwing in a couple of dashes of grapefruit bitters, putting an ancho chili powder rim on the glass and voila—the perfect marriage of sweet and heat is achieved.
You’d expect a place with a fiery name like Diablitos would only serve up blistering beverages, but bar manager Jim Lake has mined the flavor secrets of combining fruit and chilies to come up with the August Orchard. This potent potable takes a blanco tequila infused with anaheim chilies in-house and blends it with raspberry syrup, lime juice, apple juice and hot water for a warm, spirited, yet subtle drink.
August Orchard at Diablitos
Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons