Dallas Off the Clock: Sugar & Spicy Cocktails

Welcome to Dallas Off the Clock, a weekly column that highlights some of Dallas’ most innovative, exciting, and delicious cocktails.

This week’s guide is all about cocktails that feature sugar and spice (and everything nice). From peppercorn to ginger and jalapeño to habanero, these cocktails pair spicy elements with sweeter ingredients for an unforgettable kick.

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Peppercorn Bing Bong, Boulevardier – Dallas

Some like it hot! Habanero-infused tequila, house made felernum, beet-peppercorn shrub, lime, celery bitters and Topo Chico come together to create a cocktail with sweet heat and an easy flavor. Sip this one slowly. The heat factor of habanero peppers can sneak up on you really fast.


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Snake Charmer, E.J. Wills Gastropub – Dallas (coming soon to McKinney)

Dangerous and mysterious, this cocktail combines Jose Cuervo Gold, Cointreau, orange juice, lime and muddled jalapeño to create a spicy concoction, with a hint of orange forward sweetness. Nosh on the whole jalapeño garnish to kick up the spice.


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Spicy Rosemary Smash, Wayward Sons – Dallas

This cocktail has quite a kick. Bombay gin is added to muddled rosemary and jalapeño, fresh squeezed lemon juice and sugar. Then a splash of St. Germaine elderflower liqueur is added. The drink is garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit oil spritz. Fresh herbs, like rosemary, give cocktails a lively, savory component.


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High + Rye, Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Addison & Dallas

Local Herman Marshall rye bourbon, ginger syrup, house made honey water, and fresh squeezed lime juice combine creating a lightly sweetened cocktail, with a spicy punch. The house made honey water gives subtle sweetness, while ginger syrup gives the cocktail the right amount of bite. After each sip, nibble the candied ginger garnish for even more sugar and spice!

Scoop: Get this cocktail while you can…it’s the October special.