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Chilli Cocktails: Spicy Drinks For The Win

written by Lucy Munene 10th July 2019

Chilli cocktails. Those two words together may sound strange but hear me out. If you like extra ginger in your dawa, a separate serving of Artcaffe’s homemade chilli or eating whole chillies as a snack then keep reading!

My first choice of where to put chilli would not be a cocktail but that doesn’t mean that I hesitated the first time I encountered the combination. I have been fortunate enough to try the combination more than once so here are my top 3 different ways you can enjoy a little alcohol with a whole lot of heat.

Chilli Shot

Here is a quick recipe for tabasco tequila shots. Trust me. They taste amazing! Tequila on its own can be a daunting drink to swallow but put the salt and lime aside. The heat from the chilli will balance and bring out the flavours you’re supposed to taste in tequila.

 

 

 


Craft Chilli Cocktails

This is a recent discovery for me and I can’t get enough of it. In this Nairobi winter, a chilli cocktail is a perfect way to stay warm without drinking too much (nobody wants to wait until they are 3 vodka cocktails in to start feeling warm). My favourite way to add chilli into my cocktails comes courtesy of the genius Mulberry Project bartenders who showed attendees of their cocktail masterclass. They use chilli syrup which is a simple syrup made of one part sugar to one part water to which you add chillies to. The chillies should sit in the simple syrup for 24-48 hours then its ready for use. Here are two of my favourite cocktails that I have learned from 2 brilliant masterclasses and can now make in my sleep.


The Mulberry Project’s Machete

Craft cocktails that use chilli are a recent discovery for me and I can’t get enough of them. In this Nairobi winter, a chilli cocktail is a perfect way to stay warm without drinking too much (nobody wants to wait until they are 3 vodka cocktails in to start feeling warm). My favourite way to add chilli into my cocktails comes courtesy of the genius Mulberry Project bartenders who showed attendees of their cocktail masterclass. They use chilli syrup which is a simple syrup made of one part sugar to one part water to which you add chillies to. The chillies should sit in the simple syrup for 24-48 hours then it’s ready for use. Here is a delicious spicy vodka-based cocktail that is easy to make.

 

 


The Chilli Pornstar Martini

I can’t get enough of this cocktail! I learned the original recipe for this delicious cocktail from the K1 Kocktails Tropical themed Masterclass. The cocktail was refreshing and if there’s one thing that goes well with chilli, it’s citrus. The recipe might say one thing but don’t hesitate to double the portions of whichever flavour you love!

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