I woke up this morning and realized that although I had posted an explicit step-by-step demo for a making habanero syrup…I never posted a recipe for using the syrup! So without further ado, here’s The Dragonfire Cocktail.
Essentially a souped-up Margarita, this drink has it all: a little sweet, a little tart, a little heat. You could use an infused liquor and an unflavored simple syrup, but I think infusing the syrup helps control the amount of heat in the drink.
4 tablespoons Tequila
2 tablespoons habanero-infused simple syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
wedge of lime, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix together tequila, syrup, and orange and lime juices. Shake, strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice, and garnish with lime.
This is not the greatest photograph (I took it with my cell phone, what can I say…) but essentially this is what the finished drink looks like.
I know many of you cocktail whizzes will have even better ideas for using the hab syrup or tweaking the Dragonfire drink — there’s always room for improvement. Please consider yourself invited to post your thoughts in the comment box below! Incentive (as if you really needed one…) If you suggest a great new drink. I’ll feature it in a future post.