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5 Jalapeño Cocktails to Spice up Your Life

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There’s a long list of ways to add some raw heat to a cocktail, but at the very tippy top is the jalapeño. Easy to find at any market, restrained in heat but strong on vegetal flavor, perfect for muddling, infusing or garnishing, the jalapeño is a do-it-all spice master. Here, five cocktails to make the most of this zesty little green hero.

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Prepare to turn your boozy brunch up a notch. If the Tabasco in a standard Bloody doesn't provide enough pep to your mid-day celebration of gluttony, spice up your morning drink with some Mexican heat. Jalapeños join Tapatio and Tajin chili-lime seasoning in this tall glass of savory spice, all brightened by a tequila base.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Tomato Juice
Jalapeño
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Infusing jalapeños into tequila is a cocktail hack every spice lover should know. This expert level spicy drink (extra in both its prep and power) combines the punchy agave infusion with another hot spirit, green chile vodka, along with sweet pineapple juice and demerara syrup, biting cilantro tincture, and herbal green Chartreuse. The drink doesn't so much sting with heat as fill your mouth with fire.

The Essentials

Green Chile Vodka
jalapeño tequila
cilantro tincture
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On a hot day, a tall fizzy Highball can chill you down faster than central air. The Paloma with its topper of well chilled grapefruit soda and the Mojito with its burst of mint both do the job well. This is not those Highballs. Jalapeños muddled with mint infuse the pepper’s oils and the herb’s cooling chill into a mix of tequila, lime and Squirt. This drink will kick up a sweat with every sip, even as it refreshes your palate.

The Essentials

blanco tequila
Jalapeño
Squirt Soda
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This bright red slushie might not look particularly hot, but jalapeño-infused vodka gives it unseen moxie. A helping of whole milk added to the usual Bloody Mary ingredients gives this frozen cocktail a creamy base that balances the heat while spreading the flavor further around your palate. Creamy, citrusy and just a touch spicy, the drink is perfect when you need to heat up and cool down all at once.

The Essentials

Tomato Juice
Jalapeño-Infused Vodka
Milk
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This amped up Margarita takes the unbeatable flavor of a bright, sweet-sour Marg and toasts it over a low flame of jalapeño. A single jalapeño slice muddled into the shaker tin adds a subtle zing to the drink, while an additional slice for garnish allows drinkers to munch their way to extra spice as they drink. If all other jalapeño cocktails fail you with too much or too little heat, this Goldilocks rendition will stand by you forever.

The Essentials

tequila
Fresh lime juice
jalapeño slices

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