6 Spicy Summer Cocktails

Summer heat meets its match in these spicy cocktails
6 Spicy Summer Cocktails
Maryse Chevriere

Don't ask why or how the equation works, it just does

Spicy cocktails and summer. Don't ask why or how the equation works, it just does.

Muddled jalapeño in tequila or bourbon, a Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary. But don't just assume that only the obvious flavor combinations work — the Spicy Basil, for example, pairs Sriracha with Champagne and aromatic St-Germain. You can think outside the box in terms of technique too, experimenting, perhaps, with a tangerine and serrano-infused vodka. Not ready to fully commit to the spicy cocktail concept? Try rimming a drink with a more mellow crushed pepper garnish.

Ready for cocktail hour? Check out six of our favorite "hot" cocktails to drink this summer.


Whiskey Devil

A spicy cocktail for the whiskey lush, this drink fuses jalapeño-muddled bourbon with the bright citrusy tang and bubbles of blood orange soda.


Spicy Basil

A couple drops of spicy Sriracha add a nice kick to the otherwise delicate combination of basil, St-Germain, ginger liqueur, and Champagne.



Bleeding Mary

This recipe features what is perhaps one of the most ingenious ways to combine a mixer with a spirit — freeze the mixer into a cube. Here, as the Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary mix cubes melt, their red color "bleeds" into the vodka, creating a drink that changes with every passing moment.


The Idillic

Fans of making liquor infusions should definitely make a batch of the firey serrano and tangerine-infused vodka that stars in this cocktail from Portland's Guilt Club. Originally inspired by a Cosmopolitan, dill was added to the drink to give it a savory component and more complex flavor.


Spicy Candy Cocktail

A riff on a Prickly Pear Margarita, this drink ups the ante with muddled serrano peppers. And for those who don't have or want to use a blender to get that frozen cocktail effect, this recipe cleverly subs in prickly pear sorbet.


Liquid Sunshine Cocktail

Like the idea of a spicy cocktail but not ready to commit to the heat level brought on by jalapeños or Sriracha? Try this gin and Satsuma orange-based drink which features the moderately spicy Aleppo pepper in the rim garnish.