Hot And Sassy Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Hot And Sassy cocktail is a modern creation, crafted to bring a little heat to the traditional sweet and sour cocktail. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a bit of spice in their drinks. The combination of sweet, sour, and spicy makes it a unique and exciting choice.

  • Created in the 21st century
  • Popular among spice lovers
  • A unique twist on the traditional sweet and sour cocktail

How Hot And Sassy Tastes?

The Hot And Sassy cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and spicy. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is perfectly balanced by the tartness of the lime, while the jalapeno adds a surprising kick that lingers on the palate.

Interesting facts about Hot And Sassy

  • The Hot And Sassy cocktail is a modern creation, not tied to any specific location or era.
  • Despite its heat, it's a surprisingly refreshing drink, making it perfect for summer evenings.
  • The jalapeno in this cocktail can be adjusted to taste, making it as mild or as spicy as you like.


Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice adds a tropical sweetness that balances the heat from the jalapeño. If you use too much, the drink may be too sweet, overshadowing the spice. Too little, and the cocktail could be overly tart and spicy. If you swap it for orange juice, expect a less tropical, but still fruity alternative.

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Lime Juice

The lime juice gives the cocktail a tart zing that complements the sweet pineapple and counters the jalapeño's heat. Too much lime can make the drink sour, whereas too little may result in a drink that's too sweet and lacks complexity. Lemon juice can be a substitute, offering a similar acidity with a slight difference in flavor profile.

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Tequila is the spirit backbone of the cocktail, providing an earthy agave flavor that's quintessential to the Mexican-inspired drink. Skimp on the tequila, and you may not get the intended boozy kick; overshot it, and you could overpower the other flavors. Mezcal could be a smoky alternative, adding another layer of depth.

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A slice of jalapeño is the 'sass' in your Hot And Sassy, imparting a spicy kick. Too much will have your guests breathing fire, too little, and it's just 'Hot And'...meh. If you're out of jalapeños, a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper could also turn up the heat, but with slight flavor variations.

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A teaspoon of sugar mellows out the acidity and heat, bringing harmony to the flavors. Too much sugar, and your cocktail becomes cloying; too little, and the tartness and spice might be too aggressive. Honey or agave syrup could be alternatives, offering a different kind of sweetness and a touch of complexity.

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Ice Cubes

Ice cubes chill the drink, making it refreshing and tempering the spices. No ice means a lukewarm cocktail, which might accentuate the alcohol and dull the flavors. Crushed ice can be used for a quicker chill and a more diluted drink over time.

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Recipe. How to make Hot And Sassy Drink

  1. Muddle the jalapeno slice and sugar in a shaker.
  2. Add the pineapple juice, lime juice, and tequila.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake well.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • For a spicier cocktail, leave the seeds in the jalapeno.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing experience.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The smoky flavor of grilled shrimp or squid would complement the spicy kick of the jalapeño.
  • Tropical Salads: Pair with a salad that has mango or papaya for a refreshing balance to the cocktail's heat.
  • Mexican Favorites: Try with tacos or ceviche to play off the tequila's agave notes.
  • Citrus-Infused Desserts: A lemon tart or key lime pie could cool down the spicy sizzle.

Drink Pairings

  • Light beers: A crisp lager can cleanse the palate after a sip of Hot And Sassy.
  • Sparkling Water: To tame the heat while staying refreshed.

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What you could change in Hot And Sassy

  • If you don't have pineapple juice, you can substitute it with orange juice.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add more sugar or use a sweetened lime juice.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the tequila with sparkling water.

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Cucumber Cool Twist

Replace jalapeño with cucumber slices and add a sprig of mint for a less spicy, refreshingly 'cool' version. The drink will have a smooth, garden-fresh flavor that's perfect for a hot summer day.

Smoky Heat Wave

Swap tequila for mezcal for a smokier drink. Add a pinch of chipotle chili powder to maintain the heat. This twist brings a campfire vibe to the tropical cocktail.

Berry Sassy

Add a handful of muddled raspberries for a fruitier and slightly sweeter variant. The berries will add a bright red hue and a tangy twist, which pairs well with the jalapeño's spice.

In case you forgot basics how to make Hot And Sassy

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hot And Sassy

What is the best type of tequila to use for this cocktail?

An unflavored silver or blanco tequila is usually recommended for the Hot And Sassy cocktail. However, you could always experiment with a reposado or anejo for a different flavor profile.

Can I make this cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the cocktail in advance, but it's best to add the ice just before serving to avoid diluting the drink.

Is there an ideal glass type for serving the Hot And Sassy cocktail?

This cocktail is typically served in a highball glass, but it can also be served in a tumbler. The key is to ensure the glass is chilled before serving.

Can I use canned pineapple juice for this cocktail?

Yes, canned pineapple juice can be used, but fresh pineapple juice is always recommended for the best flavor.

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