Dante’s Gazpacho Shooter

Gazpatcho Shooter - spicy, herbal and full of flavour.

Gazpatcho Shooter – spicy, herbal and full of flavour.

Earlier on this year my youngest daughter and I were inventing a Dragon’s Breath Shooter. My original idea was to use jalapeño peppers, limes and tomato juice.

The Dragon’s Breath Shooter title was given to the best drink of a series of 5 choices, one tomato based and the rest fruit based, all with habanero pepper jelly as the heat. The tomato based concoction did not pass the muster for the halloween inspired shooters I was going for, as my sister-in-law turned her nose up at the smell. “Like spaghetti sauce” was my nieces comment, but she enjoyed the taste and asked me to keep the recipe.

So, on behalf of Dante, and with a name that speaks to the flavours, I present…

Dante’s Gazpacho Shooters

  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tsp red habanero jelly
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper simple syrup
  • 1/2 garlic clove sliced
  • 1/2 baby sweet red pepper (about 2 oz)
  • 2 oz tomato juice

Serving Size: 2 shots


Put first four ingredients into cocktail glass and muddle well. Add tomato juice and a few ice cubes. Shake well to blend flavours. Pour into two garlic pepper rimmed shot glasses.

Garlic Pepper Rimmer

1 part garlic and herb sea salt – ground
1 part fresh ground pepper

Mix on plate, line rim of shot glasses with lime juice and dip in Rimmer mix.


My Thoughts:

While I am not a big fan of caesars, due to the degree of spice and Clamato, I have always loved tomato juice and becoming more enamoured with tomato juice based drinks.

Kid-o-metre 1/5 Nope. Nope. Yep. Teens maybe, otherwise not a hit.
Taste: 4/5  the pepper dimmer does give it a bite, the drink itself is very fresh tasting.
Simplicity: 4/5  One special syrup to make, one easy Rimmer to dash together.
Ingredient finding: 5/5

Sangrita Review

Sangrita - a spicy virgin accompaniment that often goes with tequila to cleans the palate.

Sangrita – a spicy virgin accompaniment that often goes with tequila to cleans the palate. To the right – Virgin Spicy Lime shooter.

In looking for spicy alternatives to a virgin caesar I came across this recipe at Liquor.com. Sangrita is normally served as a spicy accompaniment to tequila, as a chaser to cleanse the palate after the shot of strong liquor. The drink itself is non alcoholic and blends the flavours of grapefruit, tomato, orange and lime juice with a bite of spice.

We decided to try it out, well the adults of the family did. For fun we decided to make a shot of a lime based sour mix with a hint of cayenne and honey, just to get some of the experience of mixing two drinks on the palate one after another.

What did we think of the drink?

With only two testers willing to try it, my results are pretty skewed. If I had made this for my niece she would have been all over it. However, with my husband not liking spicy drinks, the ratings dropped. From my perspective, I didn’t over do the spice in the drink or let it sit so long that it got too intense. This was fine for me, and I like the fact that one has control over the intensity of the spice simply by how long the drink infuses.

Kid-o-metre 0/5 
Taste: 3/5 
Husband not a fan because of the spice. 
Simplicity: 5/5
no special ingredients to prepare.
Ingredient finding: 5/5 
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Virgin Spicy Lime Shooter

If you decide to make up the shooter for the fun here is my recipe.

  • Half lime juiced
  • 1/2 oz lime cordial
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup (1 part honey to 1 part hot water)
  • pinch of cayenne (to taste)

Squeeze a half lime into a cocktail mixer, add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and pour into shot glass.