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Friday, June 26, 2009

5:00 Fridays


You know that saying "Some like it hot?" Well, I'm pretty sure that "some" is me. Whether it's a man, chili, the temperature, or a cocktail, I like it hot. The only good hot cocktails I've had have been Bloody Marys or a particular jalepeno martini I mooched off of Mac Daddy at a bar in Madison, WI. Those drinks were savory, not refreshing.

And then I got stung.

The fantastic new joint in downtown Raleigh, the reborn Busy Bee Cafe, has perhaps the best hot cocktail known to woman. It's spicy. It's refreshing. It's limey. It's cool. It's damn near perfect. The coolest thing is that the Busy Bee Cafe grows their own jalepenos on their roof. Don't you just love that?! I have enjoyed this cocktail sensation on multiple occasions and once convinced a party of 18 people to all order it. Let's just say they texted me later to tell me how much they enjoyed it. I have a hunch they had more than one.

And while I am allergic to bees, this sting doesn't require a jab to the meaty thigh with an epipen.

The Sting

2 oz passion fruit vodka
5 oz sour (mix equal parts lemon/lime juice and simple syrup)
3 oz pineapple juice
2 - 4 slices of fresh jalepeno (NOT the jarred pickled peppers that Peter picked!)
6 or so leaves of fresh cilantro
2 lime wedges
soda water

Grab your stainless steel shaker (or sterling silver if you're a luckier girl than I) and add the vodka, jalepenos, cilantro, and limes. Muddle (I love that word!). Add some ice and the pineapple juice. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. Pour it into a big ole hurricane glass. Top with soda. This fantastic drink is its own garnish.

Damn, I really wish I had one right now...

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10 comments:

Headless Mom said...

You are too cute! Can't wait to find you at BlogHer!

Ree said...

Really? Wow. Okay, you get a bartender to make me one at BlogHer and I'll give it a shot. ;-)

Camden Watts said...

I love it! Keep wanting to get over to the Busy Bee, but haven't had a chance. The irony hasn't escaped me, though!

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Nice cocktail, lady!

dadshouse said...

I love a hot woman on a hot day in a hot swimsuit... or dress... or nothing... haha.

Love my hot coffee and salsa, too!

This drink sounds great. Have a hot weekend.

Maureen at IslandRoar said...

How many hours till Happy Hour?

San Diego Momma said...

I love spicy drinks! Also refreshing drinks! So the two together? I'm drooling.

Thanks for including the recipe. If I weren't so doped up on red wine right now, I'd make it this instant.

xoxoxxoxo

Aunt Becky said...

That drink is wild.

Jen L. said...

Great posts this week! I was out of town, so I am just catching up. Happy belated birthday to Deal!!

GinnySkal said...

Maybe I just had it on a bad night. I love spicy and I love cilantro, so I was certain that I was going to love it. But I couldn't even finish it it was so bad. I'm scared to try it again though.