Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
I don't know what you like to do on a Saturday night, but before we go out to eat, we peruse the local liquor store. Imbibe Chattanooga offers wine tasting from 4-6, which is perfect for us, and after tasting some wine, we wander the store looking for interesting liquors or liqueurs.
Which is how we stumbled upon Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueurs. They have two varieties, an ancho chile liqueur and a chile poblano liqueur.
Oh my people, these are so good. A little spicy, with good chile pepper flavor. They really elevate any cocktail that you use them in. I saw the recipe for a Verde Gimlet on their site, and just had to try it.
Ingredients to Make this Spicy Gimlet Recipe
- Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur - find this at your local liquor store.
- Hendrick's Gin - they suggested Hendrick's and since we had some, I used it. Hendrick's is a little unusual in that they use rose petals and cucumbers in their formula. Really nice.
- Lime juice - fresh squeezed. We usually batch squeeze a few and store it in a jar in the fridge for a day or two.
- Simple syrup - the recipe calls for a rich simple syrup which is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. We just used regular and I don't think it needed any extra sweetness.
- Lime wheel for garnish.
How to Make this Ancho Reyes Gimlet Cocktail
Measure 1 ounce of gin and one ounce of Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Poblano Liqueur.
Measure 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.
Add the gin, chile liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill 3/4 way full of ice.
Shake for about 30 seconds to chill and properly dilute the cocktail.
Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime slice.
This spicy gimlet is so good!! It tastes like a cocktail you would get at a fancy craft cocktail bar, but you can make it easily in your own home. I guess my wandering the liquor store aisles really paid off this time.
We have been adding the spicy liqueur to so many cocktails, it adds a light pepper flavor and just the right amount of heat - check back on Friday for our Spicy Verde Margarita!
More Marvelous Gin Cocktail Recipes
The Bees Knees is a classic that never goes out of style and it's one of the most popular on my site!
Another classic is the Hanky Panky Cocktail. Only 3 ingredients, but the flavor is so complex!
Another popular gin cocktail is the Midori Gin and Tonic, especially around St. Patrick's Day with it's fun green color!
Spicy Verde Gin Gimlet
- 1 ounce Gin
- 1 ounce Chile Liqueur
- 1 ounce Lime Juice fresh squeezed
- 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
- Lime Wheel for garnish
- Chill a coupe glass by filling it with ice.
- Add gin, chile pepper liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Fill shaker 3/4 way full of ice. Put a lid on it and shake for 30 seconds.
- Dump the ice out of the coupe glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.