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The Drink: Spicy Cocktails
202 38th St., Lawrenceville
Ingredients: Tequila blanco, sake, Bauchant, charred serrano peppers, togarashi rim, lime wedge
Our take: This tequila cocktail promises the smooth, slightly vegetal taste of good tequila combined with a little extra fire for your palate. While the finish brings a strong warmth, the other flavor notes are mellowly sweet with a kick of sour acidity from the yuzu. The togarashi rim is a pretty final touch.
4744 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
Drink: Study in Scarlett
Ingredients: Mezcal, strawberry, yuzu, habañero, lemon garnish
Our take: The vegetal notes of the mezcal and the tart berry flavor of the strawberry blend to create a nice softness for this cocktail. Citrusy yuzu keeps it refreshing and light on the palate, while the habañero comes in for a slow burn on the finish.