It is hard to deny that the spicy Margarita is the drink of our times. Made with tequila or mezcal, and spiced with everything from muddled jalepaños to habanero tincture or via chili powder rim, the piquant mixture is, as PUNCH contributor Scott Hocker declares, “simultaneously safe, extreme, cultured and milquetoast.” In other words, it’s the ultimate anytime, anywhere drink. At Grand Army in Brooklyn, the Johnny Blaze, named for the anti-hero from the comic and film, Ghostrider, pairs tequila with fiery habanero shrub and lime with an extra kick courtesy of ginger.
1/4 ounce "Some Good Stuff Biz" (see Editor’s Note)
Garnish: lime wheel
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
Strain into a rocks glass over Kold Draft ice.
Garnish with lime wheel.
Some Good Stuff Biz: Combine equal parts Strega, Salers and Giffard ginger liqueur in a bottle.
Habanero Shrub 16 ounces Braggs Apple CIder Vinegar
16 ounces Water
16 ounces White Sugar
75 grams deseeded fresh habanero
In a saucepan, combine the water, white sugar and habaneros over medium heat until it comes to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add in Bragg's Vinegar and stir to incorporate. Allow contents to rest for 30 minutes, then strain off the habaneros. Allow to cool, then bottle and keep refrigerated.