A Cocktail With A Kick

Citrus vodka, lime, jalapeno and ginger make for a spicy seaside drink. (Hi from the beach!)
metrocurean photo

A few weeks ago while in Vail, Colo., for a wedding, I popped into Top Chef DC contestant Kelly Liken's eponymous restaurant for a bite at the bar. The fabulous bartender shook up one of the restaurant's signature cocktails, the spicy Clementine Kicker, and this heat lover's little heart went pitter-patter.

The drink gets its kick from muddled ginger and jalapeño. One sip and I knew I'd be making it at home, so I tried to commit the recipe to memory after watching the bartender shake up a few more. I picked up a bottle of Hangar One Buddha's Hand vodka to sub in for the clementine vodka used at Kelly Liken.

Citrus Kicker Cocktail
adapted from Kelly Liken's Clementine Kicker
makes one drink

1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka, like Hangar One's Buddha's Hand vodka
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1 slice of fresh ginger
1 slice of jalapeño

Muddle the ginger and jalapeño together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, lime juice, agave nectar and crushed ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass or other short glass filled with ice.


RaeJean said…
This sounds great! Where can you buy agave nectar in DC?
Amanda said…
I see agave nectar at more and more stores these days. I get it at Whole Foods, near the honey.
Randy Matheson said…
Just made this great drink, posting the pics up on Madtini.com tonight. Thanks so much for sharing this. Cheers!

Popular posts from this blog

ENTERTAIN } For The Love Of Salt

STYLE } Bar Styling Tips with Framebridge

Hello Cupcake Opens