Kitchen Notes

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.

How to Make Pepper Jelly and Use it For Desserts

There are plenty of jarred pepper jellies available for purchase (we like Inna Jam’s Hungarian Pepper Jelly), but it’s worth having your own recipe on hand too. Pepper jelly is an amazing way to use up a glut of summer peppers, and it keeps for weeks in the fridge. Plus, there’s no better ingredient to have on hand when you need to whip up a quick appetizer.

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Master Class: Pepper Jelly

For some, there’s something a little bit shameful about a jar of pepper jelly. The condiment saw its apex around the time that Don Draper had his first extramarital affair; and since that time, pepper jelly has been trotted out less and less frequently, a neon relic adorning a block of cream cheese next to some Ritz crackers.

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