Spicy Blue Martini
At a Glance:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 Sweet Cherry Pepper
1 1/2 ounces dry gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Splash blue curacao
Dash orange bitters
• Place cherry pepper into a chilled martini-style cocktail glass. Set aside.
• Combine gin, vermouth, curacao, and bitters in cocktail shaker and add ice; shake until well chilled. Strain into prepared glass and serve.
• Instead of serving this cocktail up, in a martini glass, you can also serve it in a tumbler over ice.
• This cocktail is a very tiny bit sweet. If you’d rather it wasn’t, omit the curacao (but then, of course, it won’t be blue).
At a Glance:
Prep time: 15 minutes
• 2 Tbsp kosher salt
• 1 Tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
• 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
• 4 cups (32oz) tomato juice, chilled
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 6 to 12 rings Hot Sliced Jalapeno Peppers, chopped
• 1/4 cup diced Red Roasted Peppers (about 1 pepper)
• 2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
• 2 Tbsp (1 oz) Worcestershire sauce
• 2 Tbsp (1 oz) brine Hot Sliced Jalapeno Peppers
• 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
• 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
• 12 oz vodka
• Stir together the salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl. Transfer to a saucer or a small platter and set aside.
• Place all remaining ingredients except vodka in a blender and blend until combined. Chill overnight if possible.
• Prepare a platter for your guests to create their own garnishes: Celery stalks, trimmed at the bottom, Green Olives, Greek Kalamata Olives Pepperoncini and/or Hot Chili Peppers, decorative toothpicks.
• Salt the rim of six 16-oz glasses: Wet the rim of the glass by dipping into a saucer of water, then dip the rim in the spicy salt mixture. Fill each glass to the rim with ice. Add 2 oz vodka to each glass, then top with Bloody Mary mix.
• Let each guest garnish their own drink with celery and a few toothpicks loaded with their favorite peppers, olives, etc.