Hittin’ the Sauce – A Vodka Cocktail

A spicy vodka cocktail, this hot sauce cocktail can pack a punch!



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 needed a cocktail! 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.



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Hittin the Sauce cocktail in two coupes, limes, juicer, wooden muddler, hot sauce bottle and vodka bottle in the background

Muddler / Coupes (ours are vintage!) / Juicer / Jigger



Hot Sauce Cocktail

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. They are 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!)




Hittin the Sauce cocktail in two coupes, limes, juicer, wooden muddler, hot sauce bottle and vodka bottle in the background



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.




Hittin the Sauce cocktail in two coupes, limes, juicer, wooden muddler



Fresh squeezed lime juice and the bright tangy heat of the Fresno Pepper hot sauce was a great combination. It 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.



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Yield: 1

Hittin' the Sauce - A Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A spicy blackberry lime cocktail that uses hot sauce to give a little kick.


  • .75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 blackberries
  • 1.50 oz vodka
  • 1 oz ginger liqueur
  • .50 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp Crazy Gringa Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce


Place blackberries, simple syrup and hot sauce in a shaker.

Muddle the blackberries, breaking them down to release the juices.

Add in the remaining ingredients with ice and shake.

Double strain into a coupe.

Garnish with a blackberry or twist of lime peel.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293 Total Fat: 0.5g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 134mg Carbohydrates: 36.9g Fiber: 3.9g Sugar: 20g Protein: 1.1g
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27 thoughts on “Hittin’ the Sauce – A Vodka Cocktail

  1. Wow. I’m not sure if I could drink this because my acid reflux doesn’t like hot/spicy, but my brother would absolutely LOVE this. I’m sharing it with him. Thanks!

  2. Hittin’ The Sauce Cocktail sounds so fabulous! My husband loves spicy foods so I’m sure he will absolutely love this festive, clever drink. 🙂

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