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Exploring the World of Spicy Spirits: What You Need to Know

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We are all familiar with the regular types of alcohol. From vodka and gin to whiskey and brandy, everyone has their favorite. They can be used for popular and unpopular cocktails, and are an integral part of every beverage menu. However, there are plenty of delicious spicy spirits that also deserve attention. 

Spicy cocktails can be made in different ways. Either through using gin spices or other special spices, or adding spicy ingredients like peppers. The third way to make spicy cocktails is by adding spicy spirits as a base. By using different methods to spice up the drinks, you will get different results. That’s why it’s worth looking into all of them. 

In this article, we want to share with you popular spicy spirits. You may have heard about some of them. But not about others. By getting to know the spicy spirits, you will curate a better beverage inventory and serve the most delicious, spicy cocktails possible. 

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Spicy Spirits to Use for Your Drinks

If you want to spice up your beverage offers and don’t want to do it with just drink mixers and spices, this list will be helpful. There are many unique spicy spirits you can stock and use to create unique cocktails.

We can say that spicy food and drinks are becoming increasingly popular and now is the right time to hop on the bandwagon. You can even create a separate list of offers for spicy drinks and food lovers. Customer satisfaction will increase among all guests who love them a spicy treat! 

Key Takeaway: There are many great spicy spirits that you can use to create unique cocktails. Don’t be afraid to experiment with them and create your own drinks. Spicy foods and drinks are trendy and you should ride the wave as a restaurant owner.

1. Jalapeño-Infused Tequila

Jalapeño is a Mexican pepper that many people all over the world love. It adds a nice spicy feel to foods and cocktails. It’s one of the most popular peppers on the planet, too. That is why people created this type of tequila

Jalapeño adds heat to the tequila. This is a quick and easy way to make spicy cocktails. Try a Spicy Margarita or Spicy Paloma and see for yourself! The guests at your restaurant will love it. You can even serve this great spirit on its own. The people who love spicy drinks will enjoy it as it is, too. 

2. Chipotle-Infused Vodka

Chipotle peppers are actually dried and smoked jalapeño peppers. They have some underlying sweetness and bitter, smoky notes. This is another crowd favorite. 

Vodka that is infused with chipotle peppers has a smoky and spicy flavor. It’s the perfect spicy spirit to use for Bloody Mary or other savory cocktails that need a spicy kick. 

3. Serrano Pepper-Infused Gin

Serrano peppers have a similar taste to the jalapeños. The serrano peppers, however, are two to five times hotter. That’s why these peppers are for the people who really love hot foods and drinks. 

Gin that is infused with serrano peppers provides a spicy and vibrant twist to classic gin cocktails. Try to spice up the cocktails you already have on the menu. Notice how people will react to it!

4. Cayenne-Infused Bourbon 

Cayenne is a moderately hot chili pepper. It’s typically used to flavor dishes, but it’s also used in some drinks. 

For example, you can use cayenne-infused bourbon to make cocktails like Old Fashioned or Spicy Bourbon Sour. The spicy twist to the cocktails will make them more unique and enticing to customers. 

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5. Ancho Reyes (Ancho Chili Liqueur)

Ancho Reyes is a type of chili liqueur that’s made from ancho chilies. It has a smoky and moderately spicy flavor. This makes it a great addition to cocktails like Margaritas and Mules. 

You can experiment and create a wide variety of other drinks. If you are not sure how to combine flavors turn to a mixologist. With the help of an expert, you can create your own signature cocktail

6. Peppar Vodka

Peppar vodka is infused with black peppercorns and other spices. It adds a peppery heat to cocktails. It works well in savory drinks.

The Peppar vodka is from the spicy spirits that would make a great base for Moscow Mule. However, you can experiment and create a bunch of cocktail drinks. Vodka cocktails are popular in general and you can surprise your customers with spicy options. 

7. Green Chili Vodka

Vodka infused with green chili peppers brings a fresh and zesty spiciness to cocktails. It pairs well with citrus flavors and is great for unique Martini variations.

Vodka in general is a great base spirit for a wide variety of cocktails. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with different ingredients to create your own cool spicy drinks. 

8. Habanero-Infused Mezcal

Habanero is a hot variety of the chili pepper. It’s used in a variety of dishes. Even to infuse mezcal and make it smoky and intensely spicy. 

The habanero-infused mezcal is a bold choice for cocktails like Spicy Margarita or Mezcal Mule. 

9. Wasabi Vodka

Wasabi is one of the hottest things you could ever try. Many people love not only sushi with wasabi but other foods and drinks, too. One to offer them is wasabi vodka. It’s a unique fiery option for cocktail drinks. 

It works great for all Asian-inspired or sushi-themed drinks. 

Planning Your Beverage Inventory

Whether you choose to follow seasonality with your beverage offers or not, you should add new options every once in a while. If you have not served anything spicy yet, now it's time to consider it.

Spicy foods and drinks are popular and people would love to see them on the menu of your restaurant. For starters, you can add different chili peppers to your cocktails. However, spicy spirits are to be considered, too. They can help you create numerous great drinks that will keep you ahead of the curve. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spicy Spirits

If you want to know more about spicy spirits, here you can find more information. We will give you answers to some commonly asked questions. 

What Cocktails Work Well With Spicy Spirits?

Spicy spirits can be used in a variety of cocktails. Popular choices include Spicy Margaritas, Jalapeño-infused Bloody Marys, Spiced Rum Punch, and cocktails where the heat complements other flavors. Experiment to find the perfect recipes for your menu!

What’s the Difference Between Spicy Spirits and Flavored Liqueurs?

Spicy spirits are typically base spirits infused with spicy ingredients, while flavored liqueurs are spirits with added flavors, which may or may not include spice. Spicy spirits focus specifically on heat as a primary flavor element. 

Are There Health Benefits of Consuming Spicy Spirits?

Some studies suggest that the capsaicin in spicy ingredients may have health benefits, such as boosting metabolism and providing antioxidant properties. However, moderation is key, and individual reactions to spicy foods and drinks vary. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation, too. 

What Types of Spices Are Commonly Found in Spicy Spirits?

Common spices found in spicy spirits include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, chili peppers, and nutmeg. These spices can impart warmth, heat, or complexity to the spirit's flavor profile.

What Are Some Examples of Spicy Spirits?

Examples of spicy spirits include spiced rum, flavored vodkas (such as pepper or cinnamon), pepper-infused tequila, spicy gin (with botanicals like black pepper or cardamom), and spiced whiskey (often aged with spices like cinnamon or cloves). Some manufacturers that focus on craft drinks, such as craft vodka, may use other combinations and create unique flavors of spicy spirits.

Are Spicy Spirits Only Used for Sipping, or Can They Be Used in Cocktails?

Spicy spirits can be used in a wide range of cocktails, adding depth, complexity, and heat to mixed drinks. They can be featured in classic cocktails like the Bloody Mary or Hot Toddy, or used to create innovative spicy cocktails with unique flavor combinations.

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