Taking a look at the sweaty hipster recipe, one can say that this is an enhanced margarita. The recipe features one special ingredient which you'll need to make because it's not going to be found at stores. However, when you add the flavored syrup, your margarita will have a lively mint-serrano pepper twist that's a ton of fun.
This interesting recipe was created by Steven Calabro of the Red O Restaurant in Los Angeles for Hornitos Tequila. Designed to feature the brand's reposado tequila, the slight oakiness is a wonderful foundation for this tongue-tantalizing cocktail. The mint-serrano syrup is very easy to make and it adds a nice depth, with a cool-spicy flair, to the classic margarita.
- For the Serrano-Mint Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 serrano chile peppers (sliced)
- 1/4 cup mint (fresh; torn)
- For the Cocktail:
- 2 ounces tequila (Hornitos Reposado)
- 1 ounce orange liqueur (O3)
- 1 ounce lime juice (fresh)
- Dash grapefruit bitters
- 1 ounce serrano-mint simple syrup
- Garnish: chili salt (for the rim)
- Garnish: serrano chili pepper slices
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Serrano-Mint Simple Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, and stir constantly until it is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
Place the syrup, peppers, and mint into a blender.
Blend until mixed well.
Strain the syrup through a sieve or fine mesh strainer to remove the pepper and mint. Repeat until all pieces are removed.
Discard the mint and peppers. Bottle the syrup, label and date the bottle, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Make The Sweaty Hipster Cocktail
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit bitters, and serrano-mint syrup.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Garnish with slices for serrano pepper.
- The chile salt can be as simple as adding a pinch of chile powder, cayenne pepper, or similar fine-grain pepper spice to a couple of tablespoons of kosher salt. Mix until you get an even color and add more spice to taste.
- Alternatively, you can use a spicy seasoning blend; Tajin Seasoning is a great choice for cocktails.
- O3 is DeKuyper's premium orange liqueur made with Brazilian Pera oranges. It's a nice upgrade from the brand's triple sec and definitely worth checking out for a high-end orange liqueur. Cointreau and top-shelf orange curaçao are good substitutes.
How Strong Is a Sweaty Hipster Cocktail?
The tequila and orange liqueur are both 80 proof, so this is definitely not a low-proof margarita. It's also pretty tall at over 5 ounces, so it will pack a big punch, both in the flavor and alcohol. On average, it should shake up to 22 percent ABV (44 proof).