The Cajun Gimlet Has Some Serious Kick

Cracked pepper and hot sauce give a classic an upgrade.

Chris Hannah, bartender at the clubby Arnaud’s French 75 Bar in New Orleans, recommends jazzing up the classic vodka gimlet with Tabasco and cracked pepper for a spicy summer upgrade. This refreshing warm-weather cocktail is easy to prepare and ideal for your next barbecue or outdoor dinner party, where its boozy heat is a welcome complement to soaring temps.


2 1⁄4 oz Stoli vodka

3⁄4 oz Rose’s Lime Cordial

2 to 3 dashes Tabasco

Lime wheel

Fresh cracked pepper


Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grind fresh cracked pepper on top and garnish with a lime wheel. Repeat as necessary.

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