This weekend DrinksMeister was out at a party where a customer was big chili fan, and asked if we could make a twist of the bar’s one drink, Mississippi Julep. He wanted a Bourbon drink which the Mississippi Julep of course is, but with some chili in it. When he cultivated a great variety of chilis, it was just to throw themselves into different variants. The strength of the chili can vary greatly from chili to chili, then as a bartender you have to start out gently so you do not destroy the cocktail with too much chilli. The recipe that I ended up with that worked really well, this Mississippi Chili:
Mash syrup and lime with chili in a shaker. Be aware that the more you mash chili the stronger the drink. Then fill the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a chili on the edge of the glass. The result is a fresh, slightly sweet bourbon cocktail that has a good chili strength at the end. But, customize the amount of chili to the recipient, otherwise it goes wrong.
If you want a more powerful cocktail, you can easily cut down a bit on the sweets, especially sugar syrup, and maybe give it a little more bourbon.