Springtime has finally descended upon New York City. The sun is shining, the weatherman is promising temps in the 60s, and restaurants are starting to open up their outdoor dining spaces. Celebrate the return of nice weather with one of these spicy cocktails that will definitely bring on the heat. Time to get to drinking.
185 Columbus Avenue New York, NY (212) 877-7800
At Jalapeño, David Ruggerio’s Upper West Side Mexican joint, the bartender will add a bit of jalapeño to just about any drink if you ask her nicely. But the tequila based Jalapeño is a beautifully crafted drink made with hornitos blanco, patron citronage, muddled cucumber, jalapeño. The drink’s spiciness is subdued by the refreshing flavor of the crushed cucumber.
Eleven Madison Park: Deh-Éffeh
11 Madison Avenue New York, NY (212) 889-0905
EMP’s Deh-Éffeh is for those who are just looking for a little jolt. This drink is balanced, a mixture of Highland Reposado Tequila, Amaro Nonino, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, and Jalapeno-Infused Agave. The agave adds a subtle heat and a layer of sweet to the dry and smokey drink.
RedFarm: Le Club Hot
529 Hudson Street New York, NY (212) 792-9700
Pete Wells recently wrote that at RedFarm, the new West Village spot form Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld, “all the flavors have been turned up as high as they can go.” Well, their Le Club Hot cocktail is no different. Made with Silver Tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, jalapeño, and mint, this drink packs a punch while somehow finding that delicate balance between heat and sweet. You won’t be able to have just one.
Barrio Chino: Chili-infused Margaritas
253 Broome Street New York, NY (212) 228-6710
The margaritas at Barrio Chino have earned this LES spot quite a reputation. Made from chili-infused tequilas like a jalapeno-infused lime or the almost-too-hot-to-handle habañero-infused grapefruit, these drinks are so spicy they’re served in glasses rimmed with sugar (instead of salt) to help calm your burning lips.
Fatty ‘Cue: Smokin’ Bone
91 South 6th Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 599-3090
By now you’ve heard of Fatty ‘Cue, Zakary Pelaccio’s delicious Brooklyn BBQ spot. But have you heard of their Smokin’ Bone cocktail? If you’re a heat-seeking crazy, this drink is for you. With bourbon, smoked pineapple, lime, some chocolate, and (wait for it) a healthy shot of Tabasco. Get the fire extinguisher ready.