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About this Cocktail

The cocktail is original to me but I gladly give credit to James Ives of Cure in New Orleans to both the idea and recipe for arbol chile-infused Peychaud's bitters, without which this drink wouldn't have come to life.

Ingredients:
  • 1.5oz amber rum (I use Angostura 5yr)
  • 1oz Aperol
  • 0.5oz lemon
  • 0.25oz orange juice
  • 0.25oz demerara syrup
  • 3 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters
  • 5-12 drops arbol chile Peychaud's
Preparation:

Shake all ingredients with ice, double strain, garnish with lemon swath and dried arbol chile.

2 Comments
  • Brandon Herring
    Would love to see the recipe for the arbol infused Peychaud's.
  • Kevin O'Mara
    I asked James for permission to post his recipe, which he graciously granted: Arbol Chili-Infused Peychaud's Bitters 5 oz. Peychaud's Bitters 1 oz. Grain Alcohol 5 medium dried Arbol Chilies 1 medium dried Guajillo Chili 1 small fresh Red Hot Chili Pepper (I used a Thai Chili) * Rough chop dried chilies. introduce them, seeds and all, into a very clean and dry sealable glass jar with Peychaud's Bitters and Grain Alcohol. Cover and infuse for 7-10 days (I prefer a longer extraction when using dried peppers to pull out all their nuances. With a shorter infusion time you may lose the inherent hint of sweetness and berry like flavors.) On the last day, chop the fresh pepper and add it, seeds and all to the mixture (This adds bright spice and vegetal notes). Reseal and and let sit for 12-24 hours. When appropriate heat is achieved, strain and transfer into a dropper bottle. * Chili infusions are tricky. Fresh peppers vary widely in heat units. A Scotch Bonnet or hot Serrano may also work, but I'd be reluctant to try it with a Habanero. The final result should burn your lips and bring a drop of moisture to your eye, while retaining the flavor of the Peychaud's and all the depth of the dried chilies. If the bitters get lost behind the spice, add more Peychaud's incrementally (.5 oz. at a time) until the desired flavor is achieved.

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