Spice Things Up With Spicy Cocktails

Date Posted:6 February 2023 

It's no surprise that we're super passionate about cocktail bitters and now that summer is upon us here in Melbourne, one of our favourite categories to use is Spicy Bitters.

We are talking  about bitters that bring heat, piquancy and fiery spice to your cocktails. We are taking a look at the category as a whole, showcasing some recipes that utilise spice and focusing on our favourites to help bring the heat to your summer cocktails!

What makes Chillies Spicy?

Capsaicin is the chemical compound found in chillies that makes them spicy. It is a type of alkaloid that binds to the pain receptors on our tongue, giving us the sensation of heat that we associate with spiciness. 

Capsaicin is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), with the hottest chillies having higher amounts. This scale was created by Wilbur Scoville in 1912 and is still used today as the standard for measuring the spiciness of chili peppers. 



King Floyd’s Green Chili Bitters
100ml 27.95

These Green Chili Bitters combine Fresh and Roasted Poblano, Green Hatch and Jalapeño Chilies. This blend creates a perfect amount of fire and sweetness to add to your Bloody Mary or Spicy Margarita.

Spicy Margarita

60ml Tequila
30ml Lime Juice
15ml Agave Nectar
5 dashes King Floyd’s Green Chili Bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake with ice. Fine strain into a glass rimmed with chili salt. Garnish with sliced jalapeno.

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The Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters 
60ml 29.95

Can you put the flavours of pulled pork and slabs of ribs in a cocktail glass? Absolutely! The complexities of The Bitter End Memphis Barbeque Bitters perfectly capture the essence of smoky, spicy barbecue dry rub.

BBQ Sour

45ml Bourbon
30ml Lemon Juice
5 drops Wonderfoam
30ml Demerara Syrup
5 Drops The Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Dry shake. Shake with ice. Double strain into a glass. Garnish with chili flakes.

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Bittercube Chipotle & Cacao Bitters
148ml 29.95

With a variety of chili peppers, cocoa, coffee and cubeb berries, Chipotle Cacao has great heat and depth of flavour, reminiscent of a molé. This unique variety of bitters is finished with agave nectar and sea salt, which rounds out an already exceptional and uncommon offering.

Oaxacan Old Fashioned

45ml Reposado Tequila
15ml Mezcal
7.5ml Agave Syrup
2 dashes Bittercube Chipotle & Cacao Bitters

Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir down with ice. Strain over a big ice cube in a Double Old Fashioned Glass glass. Garnish with an orange peel and shaved chocolate.

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Addition Piri-Piri Tincture
118ml 26.95

Approach with great caution! Piri-Piri (aka Bird’s Eye Pepper) is HOT! It’s also delicious, with a rich, hearty chili pepper flavour. Try adding a few drops into a whiskey ginger, a scotch and soda, or straight into a glass of bourbon.

Red Snapper

5 drops Addition Piri-Piri Tincture
60ml Gin
120ml Tomato Juice
15ml Lemon Juice
4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
A heavy pinch of Ground Black Pepper
5 Dashes of The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Add ingredients to a shaker. Shake with ice. Double strain into an ice filled Highball glass. Garnish with a celery frond, skewered green olives, pickles, celery salt, pepper and a lemon slice.

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18.21 Japanese Chili & Lime Bitters
120ml 31.95
Japanese Chili & Lime Bitters are a spice bomb. With back notes of citrus and a smoky element, they are perfect for a spicy margarita or Bloody Mary. Use them to add a layer of spice to any cocktail you want to give extra dimension to.

Spicy Shiso Mojito

4 Shiso Leaves
8 drops 18.21 Japanese Chili & Lime Bitters
60ml Sake
30ml Lime Juice
30ml Stirring’s Simple Syrup 

Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake with ice. Double strain into a Highball glass. Garnish with sliced green chili & shiso leaf.

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We hoped you enjoyed this look at the world of Spicy Bitters & Tinctures. 

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