With winter setting in on us, we can look forward to some great deals on fresh citrus that help brighten the cold nights ahead. With a bunch of fresh limes teasing us on the counter and a frosty night with friends on the agenda, we wanted to make a drink that would help us warm up the night a bit. Our friends are fans of spicy food so we wanted to find a drink that would bring a little heat to the party, so we came up with the Hittin’ the Sauce.
This summer we found a great local company, Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce, and they make some fantastic hot sauces that have found their way into our cuisine in all kinds of different ways. We are passionate about using local vendors, especially when they are great folks like Mary Current and her son, Anderson. Crazy Gringa makes their standard sauces which are fantastic, but we really get excited about their special small batch hot sauces. The small batch sauces are limited run sauces made from peppers raised in their own garden and made into special sauces that might be seasonal like the Peach Datil Pepper sauce, (used in an awesome Peach Margarita) or a nice Raspberry Cayenne sauce (we used to make an awesome pizza!)
When Mary showed us her next small batch creation, a Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce that was bold and spicy and almost as loud as its bright red color, we had to add to our collection of Crazy Gringa sauces, especially when we found out it was similar that famous sauce with the rooster on the bottle! The sauce has a nice tangy base with a bright heat that hits you right at the back of the throat. A hint of garlic and a balanced bit of sweetness rounds the Fresno Pepper sauce into our go to for a clean tangy heat.
Fresh squeezed lime juice and the bright tangy heat of the Fresno Pepper hot sauce was a great combination that really came to life when we added the sweetness of the blackberries. Mixing in ginger liqueur and a smooth vodka gave the drink the perfect amount of warmth to make this a smooth sipping cocktail.
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Ginger Liqueur
- 0.5 oz simple
- .75 oz lime juice
- 1 tsp Crazy Gringa Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce
- 4 Blackberries
- Place blackberries, simple syrup and hot sauce in a shaker.
- Muddle the blackberries, breaking them down to release the juice.
- Add in the remaining ingredients with ice and shake.
- Double strain into a coupe.
- Garnish with a blackberry or twist of lime peel.