Sometimes the popular thing isn't the lowest common denominator; it's just really, really good. Take the Green Gloves cocktail at Mayahuel in New York's East Village. "People go bonkers for this one," says co-owner and bartender Philip Ward. "We must go through over a case of jalapeño-infused tequila in a week."
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Shots! Shots! Shots! These are often the words that get the party started...and lead to countless bad decisions and lost memories. The trouble is that not all shots are created equal. Some go down as easy as pie while others burn and burn. The Prairie Fire shot is one of those dangerous shots, commonly constructed with cheap tequila enlivened by Tabasco sauce. But despite its fiery reputation, the Prairie Fire can be corralled into a balanced—and delicious—craft cocktail. Here's how.
At Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas, local Republic Tequila Reposado is used in this Bee's Knees variation.
This playful drink from Brandon Burkart of Haddingtons in Austin, Texas, is a bit like liquid cinnamon hearts with a long citrus finish...in the best way possible.
Sometimes a bit of spice in a cocktail is just the right thing to remind you that you're still alive. Here's a simple drink that can be adjusted to suit both those who crave heat, and those who like it a bit more mild. It's dynamite with tequila, but you can also make a smoky version with mezcal or a more herbal version with gin.
This non-alcoholic Bloody Maria is perfect for those lazy Sundays when you want to spend every minute outside. Stay at your grill and toss the tomatoes, peppers, and onions alongside your burgers, making sure they get a nice char. Yes, you will have to venture inside to blend it all together, but it really won't take long.
Back away from the Watermelon Pucker. Instead, make this simple, refreshing drink from cubes of real watermelon (it's mostly water!) and a little lime and tequila. The spicy rim is essential—each sip is a flash of heat, followed by the cooling cocktail.