The Spicy Martini: A Classic Cocktail With a Twist

The Spicy Martini is a cocktail with origins in the 1920s. It was created by a bartender at the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant in Hollywood who wanted to create an alternative to the Gin and Sweet Vermouth cocktails that were popular at the time. The original recipe for a Spicy Martini would have included dry vermouth, orange juice, and pineapple juice. This recipe has evolved over time, with some variations including tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar. Here are some tips on how to make this spicy drink at home.

Your Ingredients

6 ounces gin 1 ounce lime juice 1 ounce agave nectar 2 ounces dry vermouth 1 dash orange bitters Method Combine all the ingredients in a shaker tin. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. The Mamacita: If you love margaritas but you’re on a budget, then you may have found your drink. Mamacita is a spicy margarita that uses tequila instead of limes and adds jalapenos, salt and pepper. The “mia” comes from the Spanish word “mal,” which means pepper. Mix the tequila with a splash of ice and one jalapeno and salt to taste. Add one lime wedge. Garnish with a jalapeno and lime. The Captain Morgan Spiced Eggnog: Eggnog can be intimidating to make at home, but Captain Morgan is here to help.

Muddle it Down

Begin by muddling the pineapple and tequila and orange juice in a mixing glass. Stir it all around until it’s just combined. Then strain the mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake it up with the bar spoon or a bar wedge. If it gets too frothy, you can use the hand shaker. Add a couple of ice cubes, give it a quick press to get out the air bubbles, and then strain it into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Finish it with a garnish Just like the original Cock ‘n’ Bull Spicy Martini, the cocktail should come served in a rocks glass with a twist of lemon, a wedge of lime, and a bit of orgeat.

How to Purée the Ingredients

Puréeing the pineapple will create a more intense and flavorful punch. Also, be sure to remove the seeds from the cucumber, and place the half-heaped pineapple on the rim of the glass to retain the heat. Pick Your Cocktail Recipe For the Spicy Martini, we chose a favorite: Espolón Silver tequila. We used the Espolón Silver Fino (which has a mineral finish) to bring the orange flavors of the pineapple to the forefront. We used the Espolón Reposado to balance out the spiciness of the drink. Tips for the Vermouth-Cucumber Juice When using cucumber juice, dilute it with a few ounces of water first. The results will be much more subtle and flavorful, but if the cucumber juice is too acidic, the intense spice of the pineapple juice may over-power the other flavors.

The Perfect Garnish

The Spicy Martini was created to have a unique garnish, such as pickled vegetables, such as pickled green beans. There are three garnishes to consider when you’re trying to come up with the perfect garnish: spiced orange peel, orange twist, and pickled plum. Some of these garnishes are better suited for hotter weather, while some work better in cooler weather. When choosing which garnishes to use, remember the following: you don’t want your drink to come out too hot, nor do you want it to come out too cold. The Finish When choosing the right spice to use for your Spicy Martini, you want to make sure you have a level of heat that’s a blend of spiciness and sweet. To achieve this, we suggest adding either cayenne pepper or cinnamon sticks to the drink.

The drink’s history and relevance today

This is probably the easiest to make – the most original and much tastier. The combination of the tangy and sweet with the heat is one of the most satisfying of any cocktail I have had. This recipe is probably what the barman at the Cock ‘n’ Bull made it in 1926. It was very popular with the Hollywood crowd who were looking for something new and different to drink. The Spicy Martini served as a substitute for the Gin Martini because it had a bit more kick than the Gin and Sweet Vermouth. If you’re going to try to make a Spicy Martini using the original recipe, bear in mind that it was probably homemade by hand with a bit of alcohol. It also probably had a bit more pepper than your typical Gin Martini.


Whether you like a traditional gin martini with a twist or one that is completely different, these recipes should inspire you to whip up a little something different for the dinner party that you’re hosting this weekend.


I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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