A Spicy Agave Cocktail: El Cantinero - Imbibe Magazine Subscribe + Save

El Cantinero: A Spicy Agave Cocktail

El Cantinero spicy agave cocktail mezcal or tequila Little Rascal in Brooklyn

A ghost pepper-tinged cocktail for the daring.

This agave cocktail from Brooklyn’s Little Rascal allows fans of spice to make the drink as fiery as they dare courtesy of a homemade ghost pepper tincture. Meanwhile, Aperol rounds out the bittersweet notes of a grapefruit cordial infused with star anise and white peppercorn.


  • 2 oz. blanco tequila or mezcal
  • 1 oz. grapefruit cordial
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Dash of ghost pepper tincture
  • _____________________
  • Grapefruit Cordial
  • 10 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 10 oz. sugar
  • 3 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. Aperol
  • 1 Tbsp. white peppercorn lightly ground
  • 20-30 scrapes of star anise on a microplane
  • _____________________
  • Ghost Pepper Tincture
  • 7 1/2g Thai chili
  • 10g ghost pepper
  • 375ml vodka
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:Grated pink peppercorn, charred rosemary


Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish. Note: If you’re spice-averse, you can leave out the ghost pepper tincture all together.

Grapefruit CordialAdd ingredients to a sealable container. Stir and infuse overnight. Strain. Will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.

Ghost Pepper TinctureChop peppers and combine with the vodka in a container such as a mason jar. Make sure to use gloves when handling the ghost peppers. Shake and let it sit overnight. Will keep indefinitely.

Enjoy This Article?

Sign up for our newsletter and get biweekly recipes and articles delivered to your inbox.

Send this to a friend