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We're always getting asked, "How do you make your margaritas so spicy?". Well, there are a bunch of different ways and since today is Cinco de Mayo we thought this would be the perfect time to make a spicy watermelon margarita and show you guys how to make spicy cocktails. And we definitely made this margarita a little bit spicier than we like but we know that’s what a lot of you are looking for.

1. Middle peppers! Dice up jalapeños or habanero chiles and muddle them in with all of your ingredients!

2. Bitters! There are so many fun bitters out there these days and you can also make pretty much any bitters you want right at home. The bitters we used here are habanero bitters.

3. Infused spirits!

Dice up whatever hot peppers you love and let them sit with tequila, or whatever your preferred spirit is, for a day or two. Now you have a whole bottle of good spiciness!

There are definitely so many ways to make drinks spicy but these are just a few. We'd love to hear how you do it and see your spicy margarita recipes!

Happy Cinco!

As a little challenge I've decided to make different series of posts based around one ingredient. And the first ingredient I thought of was coffee of course.

Little backstory: I first started working in the service industry at coffee shops and eventually moved on to teaching latte art classes and helping people open up their own coffee shops, so my love for coffee goes way back and was eventually how I started bartending.

So that is the beginning of our coffee cocktail/mocktail series! This cocktail is one of my favorites to make when I’m serving guests at my day job because it’s one not one a lot of people have heard of and it’s kind of a blend of the traditional Manhattan and the Espresso Martini.

The other day I was walking around a store and I found this Jelly Bean Cappuccino Syrup and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I went ahead and bought it anyways. And it turns out it’s an awesome syrup for making coffee mocktails!



Cocktail Specs:

2 oz bourbon

1 oz coffee liquor

2 dashes orange bitters

NA variation

1 oz Jelly Bean Cappuccino Syrup

2 oz Monday whiskey

2 dashes orange bitters

We wanted to make this a little caffeinated and made a big coffee ice cube instead of serving it up the way we usually do.

Add all three to glass and stir with the coffee ice cube.

Oh yeah, then to top that all off we smoked it!

Garnish with a dehydrated orange and enjoy!

When we found this Athletic Brewing light copper Cerveza Atlética the first thing we thought of was “this would probably make a really good Michelada” and guess what? It's probably the best Michelada we’ve ever had.

We love a pretty salty and spicy Mich, and we ended up using quite a bit of ingredients so we just gathered all of them for one big family photo.

We didn’t use very precise measurements the way we do with cocktails. We kind of winged it. Here’s the recipe:

1 oz of lime juice
1 spoonful of soy sauce
2 spoonfuls of Worcestershire sauce
A squirt of habanero hot sauce
A couple twists of salt

Fill halfway with Arriba Chelada clam and sea salt tomato and clam cocktail. Add ice. Then top with Athletic Brewing Co Cerveza Atlética and some Valentina seasoning.

Also, how pretty is this glass that we got from Goodwill!?!

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