Recipe: Fat Cat Strawberry Serrano Mojito

Fat Cat Strawberry Serrano Mojito

Our good friends at MojitoFairy.com came up with this deliciously addictive cocktail recipe, which combines the traditional mojito flavors of mint, rum and sugar with sweet seasonal strawberries and a touch our spicy Strawberry Serrano Hot Sauce. One sip and you’ll be in sweet-heat heaven! We’re re-posting their recipe below with their permission. (Click here for the original URL.) Try it at your next cocktail party! (And visit MojitoFairy.com for more unique cocktail recipes.)

Here’s MojitoFairy.com’s recipe for a 12 oz. cocktail:

Ingredients:

10 fresh mint leaves
2 ½ fresh strawberries
½ lime, cut into four wedges
1 tablespoon Fat Cat Strawberry Serrano Hot Sauce
3 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
1 oz. simple syrup
Club soda
Ice

Instructions:

Place mint leaves, strawberries, lime wedges and Fat Cat Strawberry Serrano Hot Sauce into a sturdy glass.

Using a muddler, muddle the mint, strawberries, lime and hot sauce together until well-combined.

Fill the glass with ice, add the rum and simple syrup and toss into a cocktail shaker.

Shake well for several seconds and then pour contents into a Collins glass.

Top off with club soda.Garnish with fresh strawberry, lime wedge and a few more mint leaves.

Enjoy!

Note: Simple syrup can be made by combining equal parts water and sugar in a pot. Bring that to a boil, or until the sugar has dissolved completely, and then store mixture in the refrigerator until ready for use.

Recipe: Fat Cat Rum Punch

Cocktail3This was the general favorite of our pre-Gaspirilla drink event at Datz Resutarant in Tampa, the other two being our Fat Cat Pineapple-Habanero Cocktail and our Fat Cat Habanero Rum Runner. What we liked most about this drink is that the inclusion of our Mexican-Style Habanero sauce blended perfectly with the sweet-fruity nature of the drink, without steering it in any unexpected directions. As such, this turned out to be a solid rum punch with just a hint of spice. We would enjoy this on any day and be proud to serve at any party. Plus, the ingredients can be easily scaled up to pitcher-size for parties — just make sure the proportions stay the same.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1 oz. lime juice
2 oz. grenadine
2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. white rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. orange juice
1/4-1/2 tbsp Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce (depending on heat level)

Instructions:

Mix ingredients in a shaker and serve over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange if desired.

Recipe: Fat Cat Habanero Rum Runner

Cocktail2This is the second of three recipes we came up with for our pre-Gaspirilla event at Datz Restaurant in Tampa in 2013 — the other two drinks were the Fat Cat Pineapple-Habanero Cocktail and Fat Cat Habanero Rum Punch. We’ll be honest: This one came out to be the strongest (booze-wise) and spiciest (habanero-wise) of the bunch. We didn’t mind that and enjoyed the twist on this commonly beach-inspired cocktail (at least in Florida), but a few people at the event were taken aback by those elements of it. So if you’re looking for it to be a bit sweeter or less spicy, double the grenadine, keep the sauce level at 1/4 tablespoon and thin out the drink with a bit more ice than you expect to use.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. dark rum
3/4 oz creme de banana
3/4 oz Chambord or raspberry liqueur
1/2 oz grenadine
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/4-1/2 tbsp Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce (depending on heat level)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients well in a shaker with ice and then pour into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

Recipe: Fat Cat Pineapple-Habanero Cocktail

Cocktail1Here is the first of our three spicy drink recipes that we created for our good friends at Datz Restaurant, in Tampa, for their pre-Gaspirilla event in 2013. The other two are the Fat Cat Rum Punch and the Fat Cat Habanero Rum Runner. All three use our Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero to add spice and some fresh chili flavor to the drink.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. spiced rum
2 tsp. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/4-1/2 tbsp Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero (depending on heat level)

Instructions:

Stir ingredients well in cocktail shaker and then pour over ice into a Collins glass to serve. Garnish with a chunk of pineapple on the rim if desired.

Recipe: “Cat in Heat” Bloody Mary

Cat in Heat Bloody MarySure, we already have one wonderful Bloody Mary recipe available on our website — but with New Year’s approaching we thought we’d share a “hair of the dog”-type drink that packed a little more punch, hence this creation. Essentially, we’re using the same recipe as before, only this time we’re substituting our Cat in Heat sauce for that recipe’s inclusion of our Mexican-Style Habanero. The change amps up the savory tomato flavors of this classic cocktail and increases the back-heat considerably. What better for quick recovery following a busy New Year’s Eve, right?

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka
3 oz. tomato juice or V8 Original Flavor
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce (optional)
.5 oz lemon juice (juice of about half a lemon)
3 grinds (or a generous pinch) of black pepper
1 dash of celery salt
1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon Fat Cat “Cat in Heat” Sauce (depending on desired heat level)
1 stalk of celery (for garnish)

Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients (except celery stalk) to shaker.

Shake contents vigorously until all ingredients have combined well.

To gauge level of spiciness, start with 1 tspn. of Fat Cat “Cat in Heat” Sauce and taste. (Judge your tastes after a few seconds too, since the heat level will be more of a building afterburn here than an immediate hit.) Add more “Cat in Heat” if a spicier drink is desired.

Pour contents into a rocks or Collins glass.

Garnish with celery stalk.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Fat Cat Habanero Caipirinha

Our loving family in Brazil inspired this twist on their country’s national drink — the caipirinha. Like with our Fat Cat Habanero Mojito and Fat Cat Habanero Margarita, we’ve taken that cocktail’s traditional ingredients — in this case cachaca (Brazilian sugarcane rum), lime and sugar — and added a touch of our Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce to the mix. As with the Fat Cat Habanero Mojito and Fat Cat Habanero Margarita, the inclusion of our sauce here gives the drink an inviting orange hue. But unlike those concoctions, the habanero heat and chili fruitiness imparted by Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero aren’t as apparent here; rather, the sauce’s heat and flavor work to accentuate the complex flavors of the cachaca itself, making one powerful, palette-cleansing libation and a great aperitif before a meal of grilled meat.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1/2 large lime, sliced into four half-moon-shaped wedges
1 tablespoon powdered/superfine sugar
3 ounces cachaca (we prefer an aged cachaca, but use whatever’s available; unlike Brazil, the choices of cachaca in the U.S. can be a bit limited)
½ tablespoon Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero

Instructions:

Place the lime, sugar and Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero in a cocktail shaker and muddle the ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the cachaca and ice and stir to combine.

Pour the contents (straining out the squeezed lime wedges if desired) into a lowball. Add more ice to top the glass if desired and enjoy.

Recipe: Fat Cat Habanero Mojito

Taking inspiration from our delicious Fat Cat Habanero Margarita recipe, we decided to explore some more familiar cocktail territory. This time, it’s our take on the Cuban staple, the mojito. As with our Fat Cat Habanero Margarita, this one gets its twist courtesy of our versatile Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce. The sauce adds a sexy orange hue to the drink, a pop of chili heat and a touch of habanero fruitiness, making a great complement to the drink’s traditional lime, rum and mint flavor base.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. white or gold rum (don’t use anejo)
0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
10-12 mint leaves, depending on size)
Fresh limes, cut into thin wedges
Club soda
Mint sprig (for garnish)
Ice
½ tablespoon Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker, add the sugar, mint leaves, lime juice, and Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce, and muddle the ingredients together with a spoon or muddler until the sugar has pretty much dissolved.

Add the rum, two wedges of lime and some ice and shake vigorously.

Empty the contents into a high ball glass, top with club soda and stir to combine.

Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy.

Recipe: Fat Cat Habanero Margarita

Our take on the popular margarita is a simple blend of tequila, orange liqueur, freshly squeeze lime juice and a touch of our Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero sauce. We think our hot sauce is the key here: It adds both an appealing tropical orange color to the drink as well as a touch chili heat. This isn’t a blow-your-mind hot cocktail, mind you — it falls far below the heat level found in our Fiery Fat Cat Bloody Mary or Fiery Fat Cat Habanero Martini recipes) but that hint of habanero makes all the different, offering a subtle twist to a familiar flavor. Feel free to blend the mixture to make a frozen drink, or double the amount of Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero for extra kick.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. silver or gold tequila (don’t use anejo)
3/4 oz. orange liqueur, such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoons of sugar
1/2 tablespoon Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero
Slice of habanero chile or sprig of mint (for garnish — optional)
Kosher or rock salt (to rim the glass)

Instructions:

Add the tequila, orange liqueur, Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero, sugar and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously until the sugar has dissolved.

Taste for sweetness and spiciness levels, adjusting accordingly as needed by adding more sugar and Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero.

Wet the rim of a high ball with lime juice and roll the rim of the glass in kosher or rock salt to cover.

Pour contents of shaker into the high ball, garnish with slice of habanero or sprig of mint if desired, and enjoy.

Recipe: Fiery Fat Cat Bloody Mary

We love the meaty punch that comes with a well-made Bloody Mary. After a long night of rabble-rousing, few cocktails liven up the spirit and strengthen the gut better. Our version is simple, savory and spicy — thanks to the inclusion of our Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero Sauce. It’s just what we look for in an eye-opener.

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka
3 oz. V8 Vegetable Juice, Original Flavor
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
.5 oz lemon juice (juice of about half a lemon)
3 grinds (or a generous pinch) of black pepper
1 dash of celery salt
1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero Sauce (depending on desired heat level)
1 stalk of celery (for garnish)

Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients (except celery stalk) to shaker.

Stir contents vigorously until all ingredients have combined well.

To gauge level of spiciness, start with 1 tspn. of Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero Sauce and taste. Add more Fat Cat Mexican-Style Habanero Sauce if a spicier drink is desired.

Strain contents into a rocks or Collins glass that’s been filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with celery stalk.

Enjoy!

Recipe: Fat Cat Triple P! Cocktail

We’ve been experimenting with drink recipes that include both our sauces and chili peppers of late. As you can imagine, some have turned out terribly and some have really surprised us. Our super-dry Fiery Fat Cat Habanero Martini was definitely one for the latter category, and now comes this refreshing concoction, which uses our unique Papaya Pequin Passion sauce (aka Triple P!) for its consistency (it gives the drink a silky, frosty texture) as well as for its spice (the pequin pepper bits in the sauce actually sink to the bottom of the glass, making the drink spicier the further down you go). This is a must try for anyone who loves tropical fruit!

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. of vodka or light (white) rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
1.5 oz. sour mix
1 teaspoon Fat Cat Papaya Pequin Passion
splash of Grand Marnier, Cointreau or triple sec (orange liqueur)

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.

Fill with ice.

Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, strain and serve.

Add a slice of papaya or pineapple as garnish if desired.

Enjoy!