Turn up the heat at your next soiree with this hot and spicy drink featuring exotic and locally grown peppers and Banyan Reserve Vodka from St. Petersburg Distillery. Cocktails with a kick are the perfect transition into Tampa’s sultry spring.

1 Serrano pepper or Thai chili
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ½ ounces Banyan Reserve Vodka
2 ounces peach, pineapple, or nectarine juice

Moisten rim of glass with syrup (dip in sugar, if desired)
Combine remaining ingredients in glass
Stir well and enjoy

Banyan Reserve Vodka was voted Best in the South as part of Southern Living’s 2016 Food Awards.