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11 Standout Spicy Cocktails to Sip Right Now

Pick pepper-infused booze to feel the good kind of burn

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Cocktails are getting a zesty upgrade lately with spicy pepper infusions gracing the menus of not only Tex-Mex restaurants, but barbecue joints, fancy seafood dens, and even eateries serving Afghan fare.

The pairing of sweet citrus, herbs, and spicy pepper is as unexpectedly delicious as it sounds, so to kick those cocktails up a notch, try one of these excellent pepper-infused libations.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

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1114 S Elm St #100
Carrollton, TX 75006
(469) 892-6429
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This unassuming Tex-Mex eatery in Historic Downtown Carrollton’s square transports diners to a vibrant Mexican resort with a whole section of delicious margaritas. Opt for the chipotle or pineapple serrano-infused Jimador, with Cointreau, agave, and lime to wash down those perfectly-seasoned brisket tacos.

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2. Republic

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12300 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 385-6004
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This neighborhood restaurant serves up straight-forward fare with some Texan twists (like chicken-fried quail). Try the “Mexican Donkey,” a mashup between a margarita and a mule, with tequila, agave, ginger beer and jalapeños.

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3. Nora Restaurant and Bar

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1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-0095
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Nora takes a typical margarita on a trip to the Middle East with cumin-syrup finishing off its house-infused chipotle tequila which is served with muddled cilantro and lime juice. It’s the perfect way to whet diners’ appetites for the forthcoming onslaught of delectable Afghan dishes like mantoo (steamed beef dumplings topped with yogurt and tomato sauce), and the delicious lamb korma with simmered tomatoes, garlic, split peas, and a touch of dried plum.

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4. White Rock Alehouse & Brewery

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7331 Gaston Ave #100
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 989-7570
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White Rock Alehouse serves up a straight-forward spicy marg using arguably one of the best tequilas on the market, Milagro, with the addition of jalapeño, agave, and lime. It’s spicy and refreshing, the perfect post-bike-ride treat, since the restaurant’s patio is accessible from White Rock Lake’s Santa Fe Trail.

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5. Wheelhouse

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1617 Hi Line Dr Ste 390
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 307-5690
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Don’t let the bright green hue fool you, this drink is as delicious as it is vibrant. Instead of starting with the typical tequila base, Wheelhouse opts for mezcal to tee off the Kickstarter, followed by poblano juice, pineapple, lime, and cumin bitters. Who knew pineapple would be the perfect accompaniment to smoky mezcal and spicy poblano.

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6. Water Grill

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1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 306-7111
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This Uptown seafood eatery actually has two spicy cocktails on its enviable drinks menu. The Margarita Verde adds cucumber and basil to its jalapeño, tequila, and agave base, which is finished with an ancho chile salted rim. While the Lone Star features coriander and sweet yellow peppers, then adds mezcal, to a tequila and jalapeño cocktail sweetened with agave.

7. Lonesome Dove Fort Worth

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2406 N Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 740-8810
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Chef Tim Love believes in a jalapeño-infused margarita, which is why it’s available at both Lonesome Dove and his other restaurant, Woodshed Smokehouse. Here, drinkers will get El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, a house-made margarita mix, fresh jalapeño, and cucumber to wash down Lonesome Dove’s unique rabbit and rattlesnake sausage appetizer and delectable redfish entree with fennel, leeks, carrot, yellow squash, chiles, and mint. Drinkers can upgrade to the chef’s own reposado for an extra two bucks.

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8. Easy Slider

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2701 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 917-7111
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This baby burger joint in Deep Ellum serves up a mean spicy margarita. Ask for The Martinez, made with Sauza, triple sec, pickled jalapeño juice in a salted-rim glass, and garnished with a whole pickled jalapeño. It’s served with a 7 oz. Dos Equis on the side that diners can mix-in or drink separately. Muy delicioso.

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9. Las Almas Rotas

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3615 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 685-5666
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This muy authentico mezcal bar in Expo Park serves up some inventive cocktails that are off the beaten path. Adventurous drinkers, try the El Charro with pineapple chipotle infused mezcal, chocolate mole bitters, Angostura bitters, and orange peel.

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10. Thompson's

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900 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 882-8003
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This library-themed bar (and downstairs speakeasy) in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth offers a literal book of cocktail options with more than 50 offerings on the menu. Pepper lovers will go bananas for the “Killing Pablo” made with Tequila Cabeza, jalapeño-infused agave, Luxardo Maraschino, and fresh lime juice.

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11. Woodshed Smokehouse

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3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 877-4545
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Chef Tim Love’s homey music-infused outdoor eatery offers up a cucumber jalapeño margarita made with the chef’s own reposado tequila with a cucumber and fresh jalapeño infusion. This spicy marg is a great accompaniment to Woodshed’s interesting twists on Texan staples including standout bulgogi beef tacos finished with kimchi and lime.

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1. El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

1114 S Elm St #100, Carrollton, TX 75006
El Rincon/Facebook

This unassuming Tex-Mex eatery in Historic Downtown Carrollton’s square transports diners to a vibrant Mexican resort with a whole section of delicious margaritas. Opt for the chipotle or pineapple serrano-infused Jimador, with Cointreau, agave, and lime to wash down those perfectly-seasoned brisket tacos.

1114 S Elm St #100
Carrollton, TX 75006

2. Republic

12300 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
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This neighborhood restaurant serves up straight-forward fare with some Texan twists (like chicken-fried quail). Try the “Mexican Donkey,” a mashup between a margarita and a mule, with tequila, agave, ginger beer and jalapeños.

12300 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

3. Nora Restaurant and Bar

1928 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Nora Restaurant and Bar/Facebook

Nora takes a typical margarita on a trip to the Middle East with cumin-syrup finishing off its house-infused chipotle tequila which is served with muddled cilantro and lime juice. It’s the perfect way to whet diners’ appetites for the forthcoming onslaught of delectable Afghan dishes like mantoo (steamed beef dumplings topped with yogurt and tomato sauce), and the delicious lamb korma with simmered tomatoes, garlic, split peas, and a touch of dried plum.

1928 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

4. White Rock Alehouse & Brewery

7331 Gaston Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75214
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White Rock Alehouse serves up a straight-forward spicy marg using arguably one of the best tequilas on the market, Milagro, with the addition of jalapeño, agave, and lime. It’s spicy and refreshing, the perfect post-bike-ride treat, since the restaurant’s patio is accessible from White Rock Lake’s Santa Fe Trail.

7331 Gaston Ave #100
Dallas, TX 75214

5. Wheelhouse

1617 Hi Line Dr Ste 390, Dallas, TX 75207
Photo by Niccolo Passoni

Don’t let the bright green hue fool you, this drink is as delicious as it is vibrant. Instead of starting with the typical tequila base, Wheelhouse opts for mezcal to tee off the Kickstarter, followed by poblano juice, pineapple, lime, and cumin bitters. Who knew pineapple would be the perfect accompaniment to smoky mezcal and spicy poblano.

1617 Hi Line Dr Ste 390
Dallas, TX 75207

6. Water Grill

1920 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

This Uptown seafood eatery actually has two spicy cocktails on its enviable drinks menu. The Margarita Verde adds cucumber and basil to its jalapeño, tequila, and agave base, which is finished with an ancho chile salted rim. While the Lone Star features coriander and sweet yellow peppers, then adds mezcal, to a tequila and jalapeño cocktail sweetened with agave.

1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Lonesome Dove Fort Worth

2406 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Lonesome Dove Fort Worth/Facebook

Chef Tim Love believes in a jalapeño-infused margarita, which is why it’s available at both Lonesome Dove and his other restaurant, Woodshed Smokehouse. Here, drinkers will get El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, a house-made margarita mix, fresh jalapeño, and cucumber to wash down Lonesome Dove’s unique rabbit and rattlesnake sausage appetizer and delectable redfish entree with fennel, leeks, carrot, yellow squash, chiles, and mint. Drinkers can upgrade to the chef’s own reposado for an extra two bucks.

2406 N Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76164

8. Easy Slider

2701 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Easy Slider/Facebook

This baby burger joint in Deep Ellum serves up a mean spicy margarita. Ask for The Martinez, made with Sauza, triple sec, pickled jalapeño juice in a salted-rim glass, and garnished with a whole pickled jalapeño. It’s served with a 7 oz. Dos Equis on the side that diners can mix-in or drink separately. Muy delicioso.

2701 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Las Almas Rotas

3615 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Las Almas Rotas/Facebook

This muy authentico mezcal bar in Expo Park serves up some inventive cocktails that are off the beaten path. Adventurous drinkers, try the El Charro with pineapple chipotle infused mezcal, chocolate mole bitters, Angostura bitters, and orange peel.

3615 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Thompson's

900 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Thompson’s/Facebook

This library-themed bar (and downstairs speakeasy) in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth offers a literal book of cocktail options with more than 50 offerings on the menu. Pepper lovers will go bananas for the “Killing Pablo” made with Tequila Cabeza, jalapeño-infused agave, Luxardo Maraschino, and fresh lime juice.

900 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

11. Woodshed Smokehouse

3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Woodshed Smokehouse/Facebook

Chef Tim Love’s homey music-infused outdoor eatery offers up a cucumber jalapeño margarita made with the chef’s own reposado tequila with a cucumber and fresh jalapeño infusion. This spicy marg is a great accompaniment to Woodshed’s interesting twists on Texan staples including standout bulgogi beef tacos finished with kimchi and lime.

3201 Riverfront Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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