Some like it hot, especially in a cool cocktail. Restaurants and bars across Los Angeles are heating up their summer with spicy ingredients in icy sips. From jalapeños to cayenne pepper to Thai chilies, mixologists are shaking up the hottest libations for cocktails’ coolest fans. Here are some for you to get your lips on:
Lexington Social House
Cocktail: The Polynesian – From the heart of Hollywood comes this unique, spicy cocktail made with Peligroso blanco tequila, pineapple gum syrup, lime juice, Peychaud bitters, basil, cayenne, crispy prosciutto and single large ice cube.
CAFE del REY
Cocktail: Spiced Strawberry Margarita – Refreshing and fruity with a spicy kick. This Spiced Strawberry Margarita is crafted with El Jimador Tequila, Triple Sec, habanero infused simple syrup, fresh house made sour mix and fresh strawberries. It’s garnished with a salt and sugar mix around the glass rim and topped with a lime wedge.
Ray’s & Stark Bar
Cocktail: Owl and Pussycat – Rum, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup mingle with muddled strawberries in this signature drink inspired by namesake Ray Stark’s popular film. Holding center stage in the “on the rocks” libation is a green chili pepper which adds a kick of spice to the cool beverage.
Cocktail: Spicy Margarita – Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills adds some heat to their happy hour menu with their Spicy Margarita, made with spice tequila, triple sec, prickly pear puree and fresh citrus.
Cocktail: When In Rome – Downtown L.A.’s hottest new Italian restaurant and bar features a delightful “When In Rome” cocktail with Grey Goose Citron, fresh raspberries, blackberries, jalapeño and lemon.
Public Kitchen & Bar
Cocktail: Spiced Cucumber Collins – Refreshing with a spicy kick, Public Kitchen & Bar’s Spiced Cucumber Collins is crafted with Hendrick’s Gin, lime, Shishito pepper, cucumber and mint. The cocktail is garnished with cucumber slices but brings the heat with Shishito peppers that add a surprising and delightful twist to guests’ cocktail hour.