Sweet Heat


About a month ago I went to California for the first time. I’ve actually been meaning to blog about that trip for a while now, but just totally forgot. In fact, last October I went to Portland, Oregon and never blogged about that. I’m a little behind, aren’t I? Maybe we need a travel week on IBC.

Sweet Heat | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, while I was in California I spent one afternoon with the fabulous people at Hello Society. They are one of the amazing companies that I work with that help to make IBC possible. They are truly a spectacular team. We went to lunch at an amazing restaurant right along the Pacific Coast Highway. The deck of the restaurant where we sat literally hung out over the ocean. Amazing. I had this cocktail there that was called Sweet Heat. I’d been wanting to recreate the recipe at home and today’s 80 degree temperature put me in the mood.

Sweet Heat | Inspired by Charm

I will admit that that ingredients in this drink are a little odd. Jalapeño. Weird, right? However, it’s epically delicious. It’s like a tropical drink with a little kick. The ginger helps, too. So while I realize this drink may not be for everyone, if you are into this sort of thing, you’re going to love it.

Sweet Heat | Inspired by Charm

I also think this is the perfect concoction to serve as your signature cocktail for some fabulous summer festivity. The ingredients are simple and the drink is pretty straight forward. However it’s totally unique and special enough to be memorable.

Sweet Heat | Inspired by Charm

If you’re looking for something different and delicious, give this Sweet Heat a go!

Sweet Heat | Inspired by Charm

Sweet Heat

Here's what you will need:

2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 slices jalapeño, thinly sliced
2 slices ginger, thinly sliced
1 lime wheel for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the jalapeño, ginger, simple syrup. Add ice and vodka. Shake vigorously. Pour into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel.


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  • Larry Trask at

    Great cocktail! The mixing directions don’t mention the pineapple juice. I assume one adds it along with the ice and vodka?

  • Annegalina at

    When do you add the pineapple juice, after you pour everything else into the cocktail shaker?

  • Kate at

    Which liquid are we to muddle the jalapeños with, pineapple juice or simple syrup? You have simple syrup listed twice. Didn’t know if it mattered.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! My apologies. Muddle with the simple syrup. 🙂 I adjusted the recipes. Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Katie at

    This is my new favorite drink!!!! I’ve got so many jalapenos in my garden and I love that I can use them in this drink! I’ve also made it with bourbon when I was desperate and out of vodka. It was wonderful!

  • Arlene at

    You’ve been gone so long! Come back soon! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know! So sorry Arlene. I think I’m back now. I hope!

      xo Michael

  • Shari at

    Just stopping by to say “I miss you!” Hope you’re doing well & come back soon!! 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thank you Shari!! Missed you all too. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • KC1 at

    I hope you are doing something really fun and that’s why you haven’t blogged. You are missed!

  • Mindy@FindingSilverLinings at

    OMG Michael! My all time favorite drink is a spicy margarita! This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing this deliciousness 🙂

  • courtney at

    Hey! My husband and I are looking to travel to either california or portland, oregon this summer…any recommendations on hotels/bed and breakfasts, places you stayed?

  • Cathy Havert at

    When I make my “special”margaritas, I usually chill my fave smooth tequila in the fridge with fresh jalapeno slices quartered. If served on the rocks, I try to use fresh ice or ice not tarnished by refrigerator odors or serve it martini style. Of course i squeeze in some fresh lime and lemon.. My two fave and unique ingrediants are: 1. Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix 2 Badia Baranha Agria Sour Orange marinade. Neither mixer is very high in carbs or sugar. Instead of a green margarita this cocktail has an orange hue. I don’t rim the lip of the glass with salt, I just add a few sprinkles of kosher or sea salt after topping the drink off with a splash or two of Grand Marnier. Stir (rocks) or shake (martini) and be prepared to love this fresh, spicy-tasting, yet not too sweet margarita!

  • Elle at

    I’m inspired! Thanks!!!

  • Marlis Bennett at

    Instead of vodka, maybe the tanteo jalapeno tequila… must give this a try!

  • Elizabeth Williams at

    I am going to make my own mocktail version of this, looks yummy.

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