Kitchen Notes

5 Last Minute Tips to Get You Through The Holidays

by Thomas Kelly on Dec 18, 2015

We’re entering into the fourth quarter of holiday planning, with Christmas and New Year’s Eve right around the corner. Here at Chili Lab, we’re looking forward to some time spent relaxing with our friends and loved ones, but before we get to that, there’s still plenty of cooking and wrapping to be done. So we’ve put together our crib sheet of resources to get you through the home stretch!

Last minute gift: Chili Lab Hot Sauce Kit

There’s still time to order one of our brand new Hot Sauce Kits! Opt for Priority Mail at check out and it’ll arrive in time for Christmas.

Super last minute gift: Whip up a batch of hot sauce or harissa to bottle and wrap for a quick, last-minute gift option.

Hangover remedy: Hit the eggnog too hard at the company holiday party? Mix up one of these detox sodas, which, when paired with a couple of aspirin,  will help clean out your system, get rid of headaches, and settle your stomach.

The morning of: Try our chili-ginger pancakes as a Christmas morning meal.

New Year’s Eve tipple: Ring in the New Year with a special Champagne cocktail that has an extra dose of flavor thanks to, you guessed it, chilies.

In a small saucepan, bring 1 fresh red chili (such as Fresno or Thai) and ½ cup honey to a gentle simmer; let cook for 2 minutes. Remove the chili and let cool. In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces honey syrup, 4 ounces bourbon, and 4 to 6 dashes Angostura bitters. Shake well until chilled, then strain into 4 Champagne flutes, dividing equally between each. Top each glass with Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.