Field Notes

Master Class: Bloody Mary

Whether you love it or hate it, the Bloody Mary is a fixture of brunch menus everywhere. And it relies on--what else?--the flavor of chilies to give it that trademark bite. Credit for the Bloody Mary goes to Ferdinand Petiot, a bartender who came up with the drink while working at Harry’s Bar in Paris. He later brought the cocktail to America after the end of Prohibition, changing the name to the Red Snapper at the request of his bosses at the St. Regis hotel in New York.

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Green Chili Bloody Maria

Kick your brunch game up a notch by going green with the Green Chili Bloody Maria. A Bloody Maria swaps out the vodka in a Bloody Mary for tequila. If you think that's loco, this Bloody Maria isn't your traditional red. We use salsa verde and green Tabasco sauce to give this Bloody Maria a tangy bite. Finish off with your favorite Blood Mary fixings or get in the complete Blood Maria spirit by topping off your cocktail with some Pequin Chili Salt

Green Chili Bloody Maria

Makes 1 Beverage


🌶 2 fl oz salsa verde
🌶 several dashes green Tabasco hot sauce
🌶 .25 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
🌶 1.5 fl oz tequila blanco
🌶 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
🌶 5 teaspoon grated horseradish
🌶 healthy pinch The Chili Lab Péquin Chili Salt & black pepper
🌶 pickled vegetables to garnish


Pour salsa verde, Tabasco, and fresh lemon juice into a 16 oz. glass. Stir together. Then pour in the tequila and give another stir. Keep stirring as you add the Worcestershire sauce and horseradish. Finally, add your fixings, black pepper, and Chili Lab Péquin Chili Salt to taste. Then...taste!


Pepper Jelly Daiquiri


Pepper jelly is an ideal cocktail ingredient. Thinned out to a syrup consistency, it can replace simple syrup in many of your favorite recipes. We’re particularly fond of pairing it with rum, like in this take on a classic daiquiri.

Pepper Jelly Daiquiri

Makes 1 cocktail

  • ½ ounce pepper jelly
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • ¾ ounce lime juice

In a small container, heat the pepper jelly with ½ ounce of water in a microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to combine. Let cool.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the pepper jelly, rum and lime juice and shake well until frost forms on the outside of the glass. Strain into a chilled coupe, and serve.

Habanero Blackberry Bourbon

The coconut and berry notes of the habanero chili pepper make for a perfect summertime cocktail. If it's still spring, winter, or fall and you need to unwind, this chili pepper's bite will make you feel nice and warm. 

Substitutions for Habanero

If you don't have any habanero peppers, try opting for a pinch of Grove Blend Chili Flakes. This handy blend of spices melds together the fruity, citrusy, and herby flavors of the Piri Piri, Anaheim, and habanero pepper. 

Extra tip - Lime tastes amazing sprinkled with Grove Blend Chili Flakes. Take a shot of tequila or sip on bourbon and bite on Grove Blend lime for a unique flavor experience!

How to Make Habanero Blackberry Bourbon

Makes 1 Drink


🌶 2 fl oz bourbon
🌶 1 fl oz simple syrup
🌶 2 fl oz fresh squeezed Orange Juice
🌶 1/2 habanero chili, stemmed and seeded or pinch of Grove Blend Chili Flakes
🌶 4 Blackberries
🌶 Lime wedge (Optional: Sprinkled with Grove Blend Chili Flakes)


  1. Combine bourbon, simple syrup and orange juice in a shaker and stir with ice.
  2. In a mason jar or high ball, muddle blackberries and habanero chili.
  3. Add ice and strain in the bourbon mixture.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Cascabel Cocktail

  • 2 fl oz bourbon
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • . 5 os fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 dried cascabel chili 
  • soda water
  • lime wedge for garnish

Muddle first 5 ingredients and strain into a high ball with ice. Top with soda, garnish with a lime wedge & enjoy!