When I write “flavored,” I mean it, as I have chosen the chiles that impart the most distinct flavors. The raisiny flavor of the pasilla melds with the apricot overtones of the habanero and the earthiness of the New Mexican chile to create a finely-tuned fiery sipping vodka. Of course, use an excellent vodka like Stolichnaya or Absolut. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
This recipe appeared in the article "Retro-Grilling" by Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe. Learn more about Dr. BBQ on his website here. This one's for my Dad. Martinis will never go out of style. And regardless whether you prefer gin or vodka as the liquor of choice, it's difficult to just drink one.
This is a "south of the border" Bloody Mary substituting tequila for the vodka. But if you are a purist, use the vodka or leave out the alcohol altogether and have a great morning wake-up drink. Adding the rocotos, rather than Tabasco, added flavor as well as warming the drink nicely. The heat came on slowly and lingered. This is one of the best uses for chile juice.
Here's another mulled cider that contains two chiles, the mild ancho and the super-hot habanero. The ancho adds the raisiny overtones while the habanero supplies an additional fruity heat. Serve this cider in large mugs around a roaring fire in the winter.
In Australia, we use a long loaf of Turkish bread for these sandwiches, but you can use Mexican bolillos or even Kaiser rolls. As you might expect, the sauce is the secret ingredient. The sandwiches can be assembled, wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight for grilling the next day if desired.