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Serrano Spice

Description

 

By Kara Newman - adapted from "Spice and Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails" (Chronicle Books)

Spirit
Gin
Ingredients
2 ounces Aperol
1 ounce Hendrick's gin
1/2 ounce Serrano chile syrup
1/2 ounce cinnamon-clove syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Simpler alternative: sub 1 oz Monin spicy red cinnamon syrup for the two syrups above
Directions
Combine Aperol, gin, syrups and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Dash in bitters and serve.

Serrano Chile Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 serrano chiles, cut

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, uncovered. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then lower heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Cool and remove the peppers. Pour the syrup into a container with a secure cover.br>
Cinnamon Clove Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 Tablespoon clove powder or whole cloves

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, uncovered. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then lower heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Cool and remove the cinnamon pieces and cloves (strain through cheesecloth if using clove powder). Pour the syrup into a container with a secure cover.