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Spicy Drinks for New Year’s

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By Dave DeWitt
 
 
 
 

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Many people compose their New Year’s Resolutions at this time of the year, but I prefer New Year’s Revolutions: hot and spicy drinks to celebrate in a toast to the coming year, which I vow to make the best year of my life.  Yes, yes, I’ve been known to be infected with PMA: Positive Mental Attitude.  Salud!

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Tequila Enchilado (Chilied Tequila)
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This recipe is a variation on spiced vodkas but with Mexican spices. It can be used in any drink recipe requiring tequila, or downed straight. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
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Tequila Enchilado (Chilied Tequila)
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This recipe is a variation on spiced vodkas but with Mexican spices. It can be used in any drink recipe requiring tequila, or downed straight. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
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1 liter
Servings
1 liter
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  1. Open the bottle of tequila and add the coriander seeds, chiltepins, peppercorns, cilantro, and lime peels. Close the bottle and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight
  2. Combine the salt and chile piquín powder in a shallow bowl and mix.
  3. To serve, pass the lime over the rims of shot glasses, dip the glasses in the salt mixture, and pour in the chilled and chilied tequila.
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Sangrita de Chapala
Sangrita de Chapala (Chapala’s Little Bloody Drink)
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This particular version of sangrita, or “little bloody drink,” comes from Chapala, Mexico, where the bartenders have not succumbed to the temptation of adding tomato juice to this concoction, as the norteamericanos do. The bloody color comes from the grenadine, so this is truly a sweet heat drink that is also salty. Some people take a sip of tequila after each swallow of sangrita, while others mix one part tequila to four parts sangrita to make a cocktail.
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3 cups
Servings
3 cups
Sangrita de Chapala
Sangrita de Chapala (Chapala’s Little Bloody Drink)
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This particular version of sangrita, or “little bloody drink,” comes from Chapala, Mexico, where the bartenders have not succumbed to the temptation of adding tomato juice to this concoction, as the norteamericanos do. The bloody color comes from the grenadine, so this is truly a sweet heat drink that is also salty. Some people take a sip of tequila after each swallow of sangrita, while others mix one part tequila to four parts sangrita to make a cocktail.
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3 cups
Servings
3 cups
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  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar, shake well, and chill.
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The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink
The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink
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My friend Richard Sterling developed this recipe, which is his version of how the Spaniards transformed Montezuma’s favorite spicy beverage with the addition of alcohol. He commented: “Salud! Drink to the Old World and the New.”
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2 servings
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The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink
The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink
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My friend Richard Sterling developed this recipe, which is his version of how the Spaniards transformed Montezuma’s favorite spicy beverage with the addition of alcohol. He commented: “Salud! Drink to the Old World and the New.”
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2 servings
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2 servings
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  1. Combine the chocolate, honey, vanilla and vodka in a small pitcher. Pour into two long stemmed glasses or Irish coffee glasses. Float the cream on the tops of the two drinks. Dust with a pinch of Cayenne pepper and garnish with cinnamon sticks, or dust with grated chocolate and garnish with dried red chiles. Cut them lengthwise and fix them to the edges of the glass
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Bloody Maria
Bloody Maria
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Think this drink is just a bloody mary with tequila switched for the vodka? Well, almost.
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Bloody Maria
Bloody Maria
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Think this drink is just a bloody mary with tequila switched for the vodka? Well, almost.
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a small pitcher and pour over ice in a glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.
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Mulled Ancho Cider
Ancho Chile and Rum Mulled Citrus Cider
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To “mull” a beverage is to heat it with other ingredients to impart a flavor. I mulled over several formulas before choosing this one with its pungent punch.
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6 to 8 people
Servings
6 to 8 people
Mulled Ancho Cider
Ancho Chile and Rum Mulled Citrus Cider
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To “mull” a beverage is to heat it with other ingredients to impart a flavor. I mulled over several formulas before choosing this one with its pungent punch.
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6 to 8 people
Servings
6 to 8 people
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and heat, but do not bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve, pour into mugs, and serve warm.
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