Sangria Scorcher

A spicy sangria recipe

From Spice & Ice: 60 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails by Kara Newman (Chronicle Books)

Yield: 1 drink

This sangria may look delicate, but don’t be fooled—it packs a good dose of heat. One of our drink testers referred to it as “a pink pit bull.” 




1 red chili pepper, sliced

2 1/2 ounces white wine

1 ounce vodka (infused with hot peppers, if desired)

1 ounce Triple Sec

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/3 ounce elderflower cordial   

1/2 ounce cranberry juice

1 teaspoon cucumber, diced

lemon-lime soda




1. In a tall glass, muddle the chili pepper.

2. Add a scoop of ice, and stir in the remaining ingredients.

3. Top off the glass with lemon-lime soda.

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