I went on a tour of the Sriracha factory with my family.
They had this giant bin of their peppers by the door
with a sign that read “Take One”. I began stufﬁng them
into my purse (it wasn’t nearly large enough) and in the
pockets of my children. My husband, he took one.
Upon returning home, I became inspired to make a
cocktail with using the gorgeous red Sriracha pepper.
You will need the following:
- Club Soda
- A Fresh Lime
- A Chili Pepper, any variety will do. I used the ripened
until red jalepenos that they use in sriracha
- Sriracha Sauce
- Fresh Cilantro
- Simple Syrup
Begin by making a simple syrup using equal parts
sugar and water (I don’t measure, I just use the same
vessel to scoop them. About a cup each should do)
brought to a boil then lowered to a simmer.
Add a generous handful of cilantro and let it simmer
for about 5 minutes. Strain the cilantro and pour syrup
into a storage container and set it aside.
In a highball glass, add 1-3 rings of the sliced pepper
(seeds removed for a mild version), the leaves of 2-4
sprigs of cilantro and the juice of 1/4 of a lime. Use a
muddling tool (or the heavy handle end of a butter
knife) to smash the ingredients together in the bottom
of your glass. This step is important. Really crush the
crap out of them for the very best ﬂavor.
Add ice, then vodka, a shot and a half to two shot
should do the trick! Girls night in is not for sissies!
Add an equal part simple syrup to your vodka, top off
with club soda, give it a quick stir and serve!
You and your bests will be enjoying a fantastically
refreshing beverage with a kick and a kick!