Chile Cocktails to Ease the Winter Chill

Three Sacramento-area cocktails that are sure to warm up your winter.
Ben Dewey, bartender at Highwater in Sacramento, mixes up a spicy Lahey’s Ghost cocktail

SOME LIKE IT HOT

PHOTOS BY RACHEL VALLEY

Sure, ’tis the season for a hot cocoa or hot toddy, but why not spice up your winter routine with another kind of hot drink? Spicy cocktails long have been a staple at most bars, but creating true craft cocktails requires more than just a few dabs of Tabasco in your Bloody Mary. The right amount of chile can transform an everyday cocktail into a tongue-tingling experience, but it’s also good for your gut. Chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants, chile, when consumed, also will raise your body temperature, and, through a process called thermogenesis, force fat cells to be used as energy. How’s that for natural heat? So do yourself a favor and check out three of these Sacramento-area cocktails that are sure to warm up your winter.

RECIPES

Lahey’s Ghost

El Beso Ardiente (The Spicy Kiss)

The Mirkwood