5 SPICY COCKTAILS
TO BRING THE HEAT
TO SPICE UP
By that, we mean turning up the heat on your cocktails with a spicy twist of inspiration that’s sure to give an almighty kick (in the best kind of way).
If you’re the type that always adds hot sauce or chillies to your meals, you’ll definitely want to start dialling up the heat to your favourite drinks with some quick and simple tweaks. Scotch and spice are the perfect combo, and you can use these ideas as a starting point for your own ideas for a night-time sip with a lot more character.
Read on for some sure-fire ways to ramp up the flavour profile with these spicy cocktail hits.
SPICED MAGGIE COCKTAIL RECIPE
The dawn of the 21st century saw the rise of one of the hottest new cocktails: the spicy Margarita. Inspired by this superstar, the Spiced Maggie cocktail blends together the perfect amount of sweet, sour and spice for a drink you’ll keep coming back to. Go easy on the hot sauce if you’re a chilli newbie, but if you’re used to the heat, dare to add a little more.
HOW TO MAKE THE SPICED MAGGIE
• 45ml Chivas Extra 13 Tequila Cask
• 10ml Muyu Vetiver liqueur
• 20ml lime juice
• 15ml of sugar syrup
• 1.25ml Valentina Hot Sauce
Stir the Muyu Vetiver liqueur, Chivas Extra 13 Tequila Cask, lime juice and sugar syrup into a glass. Add the hot sauce (feel free to adjust this amount according to taste) and ice, then garnish with half a lime.
HOT SAUCE & CITRUS COCKTAIL RECIPE
While we don’t recommend adding spice to every single drink out there (there’s a line), sour style drinks are the perfect home for a dash of the good stuff. Get creative and add a touch of hot sauce to your favourite sour cocktails such as the classic Whisky Sour or flip the script with the fruit-packed Tropical Chivas Sour. Sour cocktails already have a fresh kick to the flavour, so adding your favourite hot sauce takes it to a whole new level – the combination of sour citrus and zingy hot sauce gives an earthy, peppery hint to each sip.
Of course, finding the right balance is important. A few drops of hot sauce is enough to bring those flavours to the front of your attention, but you don’t want to be left reaching for endless glasses of water or milk in an attempt to cool the fire. That’s a sign you’ve gone too far..
THAI PINA COLADA COCKTAIL RECIPE
Found yourself daydreaming of basking on a tropical beach with a drink in hand? You’re not alone. Once you snap back to a less-sunny reality, reach for a Chivas Thai Pina Colada to take you straight back in one sip. This coconut cream spicy cocktail is light enough that you don’t need to be a professional fire-breather, but still delivers a satisfying kick.
HOW TO MAKE THE THAI PINA COLADA
• 50ml Chivas Extra 13 Rum Cask
• 30ml pineapple juice
• 25ml lime juice
• 20ml sweet coconut cream
• Dash of hot sauce
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice for approximately 10 seconds. Then strain into a tall glass with ice, add a pineapple slice garnish and serve.
EL DIABLO COCKTAIL RECIPE
Ginger and whisky is a relationship to last a lifetime. It’s not only hot sauce that can deliver an intense kick; this spice is another all-natural ingredient you can use to add a little fire to your drink. It has a different flavour profile to chilli and works best when balanced out with a touch of sweetness.
HOW TO MAKE THE EL DIABLO COLADA
• 45ml Chivas Extra 13 Sherry
• 15ml Crème de Cassis
• 20ml lime juice
• Ginger beer
Shake the Chivas Extra 13 Sherry, crème de cassis and lime juice with ice, then strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish this spicy cocktail with a wedge of lime.
SPICED ORANGE HIGHBALL COCKTAIL RECIPE
If you sit on the milder end of the spice chart, we recommend the Spiced Orange Highball. While a more gentle option, it provides a deliciously warming spicy cocktail experience – and proves cinnamon is a spice that’s definitely not just for Christmas.