Even though most people observe a dry January, ours came to a halt six days in. Figured we weren’t the only ones…

Our Red Pepper Cooler is a simple four-ingredient recipe that is far from a basic cocktail. Gin is the foundation to many great and iconic cocktails. Its unique botanical characteristics are surprisingly versatile when it comes to flavor profiles. In this recipe we temper the sharpness of the gin with sweet simple syrup and tart fresh lemon juice.

However, the star ingredient of this drink is red pepper. Bringing much more than fire power, this nightshades’ distinct aromatic flavors – fruity, floral, herbal, sweet – add nuance and depth. The fragrant and crisp notes of the fresh pepper are unexpected and delicious. Poured over ice and topped with a wispy pinch of shredded red pepper strands that look like giant saffron stamens.

The diamond-shaped faceted edges in Dutch design studio Puik’s radiant glass not only provides a pleasant ergonomic form to grip, but allows the glass to be set down in a variety of ways, creating interesting reflections of liquid and light from different angles, making any cocktail a show stopper.

Ingredients – makes 6 oz serving
3 oz gin
0.5 oz sweet red pepper juice (seeded/blended)
1.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup (50/50 water/sugar)
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Combine and stir ingredients together in a chilled mixing glass. Pour over large ice cube and garnish with a pinch of Korean shredded red pepper strands.

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Photos by TJ Girard of Pinch Food Design.

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