Torchlight Cocktail

Torchlight
TorchlightMatt Taylor-Gross

Honey has a unique ability to temper spice and heat. This customizable drink, created at Little Branch in New York City, is essential for spicy cocktail lovers. Built with either tequila or white rum, the drink is refreshing but fiery, with the addition of both cayenne pepper and Cholula sauce.

Torchlight
This customizable drink, created at Little Branch in NYC, makes the most of honey's ability to tone down the heat of Cholula sauce and cayenne pepper.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail
Time: 15 minutes

For the honey syrup:

  • 1 cup honey
  • 13 cup hot water

For the cocktail:

  • 6 dashes Cholula sauce
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 34 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 34 oz. honey syrup
  • 2 oz. tequila or white rum

Instructions

  1. Make the honey syrup: In a small container, combine the honey and hot water and stir until completely mixed. Use immediately or store and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Cholula sauce, cayenne pepper, lime juice, honey syrup, and spirit.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a lime wedge and dusting of cayenne pepper.