Thailand is one of my very favorite places in the world. When I traveled there, I was continually amazed by the flavorful spices used in the cooking. Every time I ate curry it was like my tongue was at war with my dinner. It was sweet and spicy and burned my lips. And I was absolutely in love.
And this is what I was thinking of when I mixed this spicy martini. I was looking to recreate the flavors of that amazing Thai food in a drink that would make my tastebuds tingle.
I started out with some fresh red chile peppers, which I grow in my cocktail garden. I lost the seed packet long ago, but I think these are Kung Pao Peppers. They start out green and turn red as they ripen – the more red they get, the more fiery they become! They are awesome. But be careful when chopping – if you get ANY of the oils on your hands you are in for a serious burn-fest. I wore gloves to chop these up. Feel free to use something less spicy if your prefer.
Remove the seeds from the chile peppers, and peel a piece of ginger. My ginger was a chunk about 1″ long. Coarsley chop both and then puree. I did mine in the coffee grinder as it was just the right size, but you could use a blender as well. Alternatively, you can just mince the peppers and ginger as finely as possible. You will have larger chunks in your drink, but not really a big deal!
Next I took some orange mint (which I also grow in my garden) and dropped about 5-6 leaves into a cocktail shaker. Orange mint is a great choice for this drink as it adds a nice citrusy flavor, but really any kind of mint will do. Add gin and sugar into the shaker and muddle everything together really well. Next add some ice and the ginger-chile pepper mixture to the shaker. Shake it up until the whole thing is chilled. Pour into a glass and top off with club soda. I guess you could also just put the club soda in the shaker but I like to do it this way because it’s easier to see how strong I am making each drink.
I hope you enjoy this spicy martini as much as I did. But be careful – this packs a punch!
- Gin – 2 oz
- Orange Mint – 5 leaves
- Sugar – ½ tsp + 2 tsp
- Red Chili Pepper, Minced
- Ginger – ¼ tsp Minced
- Cayenne Pepper, ground, 1 tsp
- Club soda, splash
- Mix cayenne pepper and 2 tsp sugar in small bowl.
- Moisten rim of cocktail glass and dip in cayenne/sugar mixture to coat rim.
- Muddle orange mint, gin, ½ tsp sugar, ginger and red chili pepper in cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, shake. Strain into cocktail glass.
- Top off with club soda to achieve desired strength.