Forget the sour mix. Use these frozen simple syrup cubes made with plenty of citrus and hints of habanero pepper to add a fresh flavor blast to anything from cocktails, shandies, sodas and more. Here is the recipe.
Hey all, Patty here again for another Thirsty Thirteenth. Lately I’ve been contemplating how I can bring cocktails up to the level of heat I want on a regular basis. There are very few alcohols on the market that have any heat too them. I have become so accustomed to Mike’s cooking style that I find myself unsatisfied with cocktails that are nothing but simple ingredients poured into a glass. The Madness style of food is very bold flavors and quite often spicy. Well, I am a true testament that tolerance increases the more you eat spicy food. It took years for me to be able to handle spiciness. Then, the crave for it was not far behind. Even when it comes to cocktails, I’m now craving a bit of heat.
Since I’m not a fan of sweet drinks and I love to juice citrus, I decided to start experimenting. There are a lot of ways to infuse the flavors that you want into your drinks. You can infuse alcohols. You then have to be very cautious of what you are infusing and for how long, and make sure it’s strained and stored properly. I’ve often juiced a bunch of citrus so I have freshness in my drinks, but then if days go by, the freshness fades. I hate buying mixers from the store, like sour mix, that are loaded with sugar. I wanted something I could have on hand at any time for a quick drink that would still have that beautiful BAM.
Introducing The Citrus Flavor Bomb! It took some experimenting and I’m sure if you make these you’ll modify to your own tastes. The idea of The Flavor Bomb is you freeze tiny ice cubes so you can grab one for a single drink at any time. And it will taste as fresh as the day you made it until you run out. I have used these for all sorts of drinks because I love the citrus-spicy flavor in just about anything. The most typical would be a margarita. It’s a complete substitute for sour mix so you can use club soda or your desired mixer along with the alcohol and the flavor bomb. You could easily use these in vodka, rum or gin drinks and even in beer if you like shandies.
To make The Flavor Bomb, juice all of the citrus and add it to a pot with all the other ingredients. The reason there is so little water compared to a normal simple syrup is because we are making concentrated bombs here. You’ll always add mixers to your cocktails which water it down, so why add too much water in the beginning? Adjust the sugar to your liking as well. This recipe is extremely concentrated and sour because I’ve found it works best for me because I don’t like sweet drinks.
After cooking the mixture to your desired spiciness level, you need to strain it to remove any pulp that didn’t get removed during juicing as well as the habanero and seeds.
Then, pour into the silicone mold and freeze for later delectable cocktails.
Enjoy and let me know if you need more ideas on how to utilize The Citrus Flavor Bomb.
Citrus Flavor Bomb - Recipe
- 7 limes
- 5 lemons
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 habanero
- ½ cup water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Juice all of the citrus into a pot.
- Remove the stem of the habanero, cut it in half and add to the pot.
- Add water and sugar.
- Heat the pot until there is a very light rumbling boil.
- Cook about 4 minutes or until it’s the desired spiciness level for your tastes.
- Strain the juice to remove any pulp and the habanero.
- Pour into silicone molds.
Makes 2 ½ - 3 cups or about 2 full tiny silicone mold trays.