Ready Fire Aim Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:~20

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 16, 2024


The Ready Fire Aim cocktail is a relatively modern concoction that has gained popularity among mezcal enthusiasts. It's a perfect blend of smoky, sweet, and spicy flavors that reflect the contemporary trend of using artisanal and craft spirits in cocktails.

  • The cocktail is often associated with adventurous drinkers who appreciate the boldness of mezcal.
  • It's said to have been inspired by the assertive and forward nature implied by its name, suggesting a 'shoot first, ask questions later' attitude.
  • The drink is a favorite in trendy bars where mixologists enjoy showcasing the versatility of mezcal.

How Ready Fire Aim Tastes?

The Ready Fire Aim offers a complex flavor profile. It's smoky due to the mezcal, with a sweet undercurrent from the honey-pineapple syrup. The pineapple juice adds a tropical tang, while the lime juice provides a refreshing citrus zing. The smoked chili bitters introduce a subtle heat that lingers after each sip, making it a well-rounded and invigorating cocktail.

Interesting facts about Ready Fire Aim

  • The cocktail's name suggests a sense of immediacy and boldness, which is reflected in its robust flavor profile.
  • Mezcal, the primary spirit in this drink, has seen a resurgence in popularity as a craft cocktail ingredient.
  • The pink peppercorn garnish not only adds a pop of color but also a fragrant, spicy note that complements the cocktail's heat.


  • Mezcal: 1.75 oz(53ml)
  • Honey pineapple syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Smoked chili cocktail bitters: 5 dashes
  • Pink peppercorn: Garnish


The smoky backbone of our cocktail. A lesser amount might not stand up to the other flavors, yet too much could overpower the delicate balance. Omit it, and you miss the cocktail's soul. Swap with tequila for a less smoky profile.

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Honey-Pineapple Syrup

This sweet and fruity syrup brings harmony, marrying the sharpness of the mezcal with the tang of the juices. More could be too sweet, less could leave the drink unbalanced. A simple syrup would lack the tropical vibe.

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Pineapple Juice

Adding both sweetness and acidity, this juice makes the drink vibrant. A splash more and it might steal the show; less and the cocktail becomes less refreshing. Try mango juice for a twist.

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Lime Juice

The zesty lime juice cuts through the sweetness and provides the necessary tang, giving the cocktail its bright character. Less juice risks a cloyingly sweet drink, more could make it too tart. Lemon juice is a possible substitute but offers a different kind of citrus kick.

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Smoked Chili Cocktail Bitters

These fiery dashes pack a punch, adding depth and a tantalizing heat. Too many dashes can unleash a spice inferno, too few and the drink loses its edge. No bitters, no drama.

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Pink Peppercorn

This not-so-secret final flourish adds a sophisticated crackle and an aromatic high note. Leaving it out won't ruin the drink, but including it is like adding the cherry on top of a sundae.

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Recipe. How to make Ready Fire Aim Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in 1 3/4 ounces of joven mezcal.
  3. Add 1 ounce of honey-pineapple syrup.
  4. Measure and pour 3/4 ounce of pineapple juice.
  5. Squeeze in 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice.
  6. Add 5 dashes of smoked chili cocktail bitters.
  7. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  8. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  9. Garnish with a grind of pink peppercorn over the top.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Before you start, place your cocktail glass in the freezer for a few minutes. A chilled glass will keep your cocktail colder for longer.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh lime juice and make your honey-pineapple syrup from scratch for the best flavor.
  • Balance the Heat: Adjust the number of smoked chili bitters to your taste. Start with fewer dashes if you're sensitive to spice.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled seafood: The smoky notes from the mezcal and the heat from the chili bitters complement grilled flavors well.
  • Mexican cuisine: Dishes like fish tacos or ceviche can harmonize with the citrus and sweetness in the cocktail.
  • Tropical fruit salad: To echo the pineapple in the drink, a tropical fruit salad with mango, papaya, and a pinch of chili powder would be refreshing.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold brew coffee: The bitterness of the coffee can balance the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Sparkling mineral water: For a non-alcoholic option, a crisp mineral water can cleanse the palate between sips of this bold cocktail.

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What you could change in Ready Fire Aim

  • Mezcal: If you can't find joven mezcal, a good quality blanco tequila can be a suitable substitute, though the smoky character will be less pronounced.
  • Honey-Pineapple Syrup: In a pinch, you can mix equal parts honey and pineapple juice as a makeshift syrup.
  • Smoked Chili Cocktail Bitters: If unavailable, a dash of regular chili bitters and a smoky element like a drop of liquid smoke could mimic the intended flavor.

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Smoky Orchard Aim

  • Swap out pineapple juice for apple cider.
  • Use cinnamon syrup in place of honey-pineapple syrup.
  • Garnish with a thin apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

Cool Cucumber Aim

  • Muddle a few slices of cucumber with the lime juice before shaking.
  • Use agave syrup instead of honey-pineapple syrup.
  • Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.

Mango Lassi Aim

  • Use mango juice in place of pineapple juice.
  • Stir in a spoonful of yogurt for creaminess.
  • Garnish with crushed cardamom pods.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ready Fire Aim

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.

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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.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ready Fire Aim

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Ready Fire Aim cocktail?

A chilled cocktail or coupe glass is ideal for serving the Ready Fire Aim to best appreciate its flavors and aromas.

Can the Ready Fire Aim cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, you can batch the components except for the ice and bitters, chill it, and add those just before serving.

Is there a specific technique for double-straining the cocktail?

Double-straining involves using both a regular strainer and a fine mesh strainer to remove small ice shards and pulp for a smoother drink.

How can I tell if my mezcal is of good quality?

Look for mezcals that have '100% agave' on the label, and check for a reputable brand and/or mezcalero (mezcal producer).

What is the origin of mezcal?

Mezcal is a traditional Mexican distilled spirit made from various types of agave plants, primarily originating from the state of Oaxaca.

Can the Ready Fire Aim cocktail be made less sweet?

To make it less sweet, reduce the honey-pineapple syrup slightly and increase the lime juice for more tartness.

Why is it important to use fresh lime juice in cocktails?

Fresh lime juice provides a brighter, more vibrant flavor compared to bottled juice, which can taste dull and often contains preservatives.

Are there any seasonal variations of the Ready Fire Aim cocktail?

For a fall version, consider adding a hint of cinnamon or a spiced syrup to complement the smoky and spicy notes.

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