The Burns & The Bees

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Cocktail History

The Burns & The Bees is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail we created to accompany a jenga-style party game called Tipsy Tiles that was created by Kirsten Schulz. In the description of her game, Kirsten explains that its creative rules came to be over “many tequila-infused nights,” so we knew it was only fitting to infuse a tequila of our own for this drink. To add some heat, we went with poblano tequila for the base, sweetened it with honey, and topped it with a spray of mezcal so it would be sweet, spicy, and a little bit smoky—just like the game.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Poblano Pepper-Infused Tequila: This is the base spirit. We used a blanco tequila and infused it with poblano peppers at home for more heat.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Raspberry Liqueur: This adds berry flavor. We used Chambord, a French liqueur made with raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, Cognac, vanilla, citrus peel, honey, and spices.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds honey flavor. We made ours using Alex’s simple recipe.

Pepper Bitters: These add spicy pepper flavor and heat to the drink. We used Infuse Bitters Tres Amigos Bitters for its hot haberno, Thai chili, and Puya pepper flavor.

Mezcal: This is sprayed on at the end for a hint of mezcal flavor. We used Del Maguey Vida Mezcal because it offers aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and roasted agave and notes of ginger, cinnamon, and tangerine. 

Lime Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Burns & The Bees features the aromas of mezcal and poblano pepper, the noticeable sweetness of honey at first taste that’s balanced by the lime and then followed by the two fruit liqueurs when swallowed. Thanks to the poblano, the flavors are then all complemented by a lingering, deep earthy spiciness to remind you that this recipe is a serious drink at heart.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both really enjoyed this spicy take on a tequila cocktail! Alex especially loved its heat, and Kendall enjoyed the twinge it left on her tongue after the swallow.

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Poblano-Infused Tequila
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ¼ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 1 oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Tres Amigos Bitters
 1 Spray Mezcal
 1 Lime Wedge

Method
1

Add tequila, triple sec, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, honey syrup, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Spray mezcal over top.

5

Garnish with lime wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Poblano-Infused Tequila
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ¼ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 1 oz Lime Juice
 1 dash Tres Amigos Bitters
 1 Spray Mezcal
 1 Lime Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, triple sec, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, honey syrup, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Spray mezcal over top.

5

Garnish with lime wedge.

The Burns & The Bees

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More Tequila Cocktails

If you like this tequila-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Mexican Firing Squad: A pineapple jalapeño tequila cocktail made with lime juice, grenadine, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a lime wedge

 Salted Sage Paloma: A tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, soda water, and sage

 Matador (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with Green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave syrup, pineapple slice, and a lime wheel

 Wild Rose: A tequila cocktail made with pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, dry sparkling wine, and an orange twist

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