Kitchen Notes

Chai Mezcal Hot Toddy

We have a winter storm on the way in the Northeast so thought we'd share a favorite cold weather cocktail. This is a spin on a classic hot toddy with mezcal and chai tea, giving it a spike of smoke & cinnamon spice. 

Ingredients

  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 4 oz hot water
  • 1.5 oz mezcal 
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 oz honey (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1 lemon, lime or orange wedge
  • 1 cinnamon stick


Add tea bag, hot water, mezcal & lemon juice to a double rimmed glass cup or coffee mug.

Stir to dissolve honey.

Garnish with citrus wedge and cinnamon stick.

 

 

Holiday Detox Cocktail

Here's a very quick light cocktail with some delicious and nutrient dense ingredients. 

  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh pomagranites
  • sliver of ginger 
  • 1/2 oz light agave 
  • 1 oz tequila blanco 
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • dash cayenne
  • sparkling water 
  • garnish: lemon wedge & more pomegranates

Muddle blueberries, pomegranates, cayenne and fresh ginger with agave.

Add tequila and lemon juice, stir with ice and strain over glass with fresh ice. 

Garnish & serve. 

Habanero Blackberry Bourbon

This slightly sweet and very spicy cocktail with apple cider and muddled blackberry is perfect for a fall afternoon. 

  • 2 fl oz bourbon 
  • 2 fl oz apple cider 
  • .5 fl oz habanero simple syrup (or plain simple if you want to skip the spice)
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 blackberries 
  • orange twist 

Combine bourbon, cider, simple syrup and lemon in a shaker and stir with ice. 

In a mason jar or high ball, muddle blackberries. 

Add ice and strain bourbon mixture. 

Garnish with orange twist. 

Mexicue Smoky Margarita

This smoky spin on a classic margarita hits the smoky, sweet, spicy sweet-spot. 

  • 1 oz tequila 
  • 1 oz mezcal 
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz chili simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes mole bitters

Rim glasses with chili salt if that rocks your socks. 

Add tequila, mezcal, lime juice, simply syrup and bitters to a shaker filled with ice. 

Shake well and strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. 

Garnish with lime wedge. 

Montauk Margarita

 

  • 3-4 cubes fresh pineapple
  • 1 oz tequila blanco 
  • 1 oz coconut liquor
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • lemon or lime wedge for garnish 

Muddle fresh pineapple in a cocktail shaker.

Add remaining ingredients in shaker with ice & shake until slightly foamy.

Pour into rocks glass filled with ice. 

Garnish with lemon twist. 

Mexicue Michelada

The key to our house michelada at Mexicue is the sangria base which is packed with spice, citrus and umami. And we our preferred beer is the Clara by our friends over at Monopolio.

  • tajin spice 
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1.5 oz sangrita
  • 1 bottle or can of cold beer (preferably Monopolio Clara)
  • lemon or lime wedge for garnish 

Rim a pint class with tajin spice. 

Fill with ice and add lime juice and sangrita. 

Serve with cold beer and garnish with a lime or lemon wedge. 

Smoky Sangrita

Sangrita is one of our favorite weapons in the kitchen and at the bar for injecting tons of smoky, spicy, umami flavor into drinks. It's the base for our house Bloody Mary and Michelada, and the perfect counterpart to a glass of mezcal for sipping. 

  • 1 cup tomato juice 
  • 1 cup hot sauce (makes sure you use something with chipotle for that sweet smoky hit)
  • 1 cup orange juice 
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt 

Add ingredients to a large pitcher and keep cold. You can also blend for a couple minutes to get everything extra smooth but it's not necessary. Keep refrigerated. 

Spicy Watermelon Margarita

This slightly spicy watermelon mint margarita is hitting the Mexicue menu next week. We're sharing the recipe in case you'd like to give it a shot at home as well! 

  • 4 oz fresh watermelon juice

  • 2 oz tequila

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1 oz chili simple syrup  

  • Fresh mint 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all liquids. Cover & shake until chilled. 

Tear mint in several pieces and place in bottom of glass. 

Add ice to glass and strain margarita into the glass. 

Garnish with lime and a whole mint leaf. 

Holiday Detox Drink

Welcome back, friends!

We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with great food and, most importantly, great company. If you’re anything like us, your eyes might have betrayed your stomach yesterday to the point of feeling downright stuffed. Cheer up: we have just the thing to cure what ails. This detox drink is designed to help settle your insides while helping to remove any toxin build-ups--it also happens to be delicious!

And we have one more piece of good news for you: we’re gearing up for a major sale as part of Cyber Monday. This coming Monday, November 30th, for one day only, all products on the Chili Lab store will be 20% off with the discount code TKTK. So bookmark the page and set an alert on your calendar: this is a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for the chili lovers in your life. Grab a Hot Sauce Kit for the DIY fanatic, and pick a gift box of our original Chili Salts for your cook friend who has everything. This holiday season, go beyond heat.

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