Spiced Mulled Cider
Give your traditional mulled cider a kick with the addition of spiced rum and jalapeño-infused green Tabasco sauce.
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January 2010

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Jack Frost Won’t Be Nipping At Your Nose With These Spicy Cocktail Ideas


Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just trying to warm up the winter, try these spicy, seasonal cocktails. Here, we present three colorful drink recipes, courtesy of the McIlhenny Company, makers of Tabasco sauce, that are sure to keep spirits up when the temperature is down.

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Citrus Frost

A mixture of blood orange juice and brandy, with bitters and a shake of Tabasco sauce, this brightly colored cocktail is sweet but sophisticated.

Ingredients For 2 Cocktails

  • 2 cups blood orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon original Tabasco sauce
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange & lime slices for garnish


  1. Combine blood orange juice, bitters and Tabasco sauce.
  2. Serve over ice   and garnish with orange and lime slices.
Citrus Frost

Pomegranate Ginger Snap

When planning a soirée, you want to serve a signature cocktail as special as the occasion. Served over ice, this blend of two popular ingredients—pomegranate juice and white wine—plus ginger ale and Tabasco sauce, make this cocktail familiar yet different.

Ingredients For 2 Cocktails

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon original Tabasco sauce
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale
  • Lime peel twists for garnish


Combine pomegranate juice, white wine, lime juice and Tabasco sauce.

  1. Place ice in two tall glasses, and add juice mixture.
  2. Top with ginger ale, and garnish with lime peel twists.
Pomegranate Ginger Snap

Spiced Mulled Cider

Here, the traditional combination of apple cider, cinnamon and honey (instead of sugar) gets an extra kick from spiced rum and jalapeño-infused green Tabasco sauce. A fresh apple wedge and a cinnamon stick top off this cold-weather comfort cocktail, that is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Ingredients For 2 Cocktails

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon green Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • Apple slices for garnish
  • Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)


  1. In 1-quart saucepan over high heat, heat apple cider, cinnamon stick, honey and green Tabasco sauce to boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and add rum.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish with apple slices and optional cinnamon stick, and serve warm.
Spiced Mulled Cider


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