Cocktail Friday: The Spicy Lemon

by Tokyo Terrace on September 26, 2009

Well, another week has come to a close. October is almost here (gasp!) and with the slow changing of seasons Tokyo has become a very different place. When we first arrived in August, we were greeted by throngs of people partying along the Tamagawa River.

Last week, the addition of Silver Week (a week-long holiday for vacationing) brought additional hundreds of people to our area to enjoy the sunshine. Just as abruptly as they came, the crowds disappeared. It was as if someone had drawn a line indicating that play time was over and everyone has to go back to normal life.

This change has made our life simpler in many ways. There are fewer people on our bicycle path and the wide open space has gone back to being as quiet as it can be in the middle of a booming metropolis.

In the spirit of simplicity, this cocktail takes minimal preparation and has a beautifully uncomplicated presentation. Just what it takes to bring a little Zen to your weekend. With the combination of a little gin (or vodka), a spicy pepper, tart lemon juice and sweet honey, this cocktail has an ideal flavor combination. By adding just a small slice of the hot pepper to the cocktail shaker, the heat is subtle and adds a gentle heat to the back of your throat as you swallow. Just enough to add a little unique twist on what might otherwise be a boring drink.

The combination of spicy, sweet and tart flavors in this cocktail make it just perfect on its own or alongside a little appetizer. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

The Spicy Lemon

Makes 1 cocktail

3 oz. gin or vodka

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

teaspoon honey

1 small slice of red chili pepper (I used a scotch bonnet pepper, but you can chose a more mild pepper if you’d like as long as it’s flavor infuses the alcohol easily)

Slice of lemon and dried chili pepper for garnish

ice

Combine the ice, lemon juice, honey and pepper slice in a cocktail shaker. You know what to do…shake it!

Use the strainer to pour the drink over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with the lemon slice and dried chili pepper. Enjoy!

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  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    Will it go with vodka? I ran out of gin!

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    Will it go with vodka? I ran out of gin!

  • tokyoterrace

    Yes, you can use vodka. It’s delish either way.

  • tokyoterrace

    Yes, you can use vodka. It’s delish either way.

  • http://www.latestrecipes.net/ Olive

    Hello :)

    I don’t drink but I love red hot chilli pepper, what a nice touch:)

  • http://www.latestrecipes.net Olive

    Hello :)

    I don’t drink but I love red hot chilli pepper, what a nice touch:)

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Gorgeous! And congrats on this making it to FoodGawker’s collection of beautiful photos. I saw the photo and immediately thought, hey wonder if Tokyo Terrace has the Friday Cocktail up, and then I saw the photo credit! haha! This drink looks lovely. I had something similar at Bar Naga, in terms of heat and flavor. It had fresh cilantro, jalapeno, and a slice of cucumber on the top to mellow out the flavor. It was a great complex mixture of savory, bitter, sour, with a little bit of heat. Your drink definitely reminds me of that thoughtful combination of flavors!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Gorgeous! And congrats on this making it to FoodGawker’s collection of beautiful photos. I saw the photo and immediately thought, hey wonder if Tokyo Terrace has the Friday Cocktail up, and then I saw the photo credit! haha! This drink looks lovely. I had something similar at Bar Naga, in terms of heat and flavor. It had fresh cilantro, jalapeno, and a slice of cucumber on the top to mellow out the flavor. It was a great complex mixture of savory, bitter, sour, with a little bit of heat. Your drink definitely reminds me of that thoughtful combination of flavors!

  • http://tastytrix.blogspot.com/ Tasty Trix

    I made this tonight – it was delicious! I used a habanero pepper slice. A goodly one, in fact. I loved the tangy heat on the back of my throat. This was a very well balanced cocktail – a rarity in non-classic ones. Great ideas!!!

  • http://tastytrix.blogspot.com Tasty Trix

    I made this tonight – it was delicious! I used a habanero pepper slice. A goodly one, in fact. I loved the tangy heat on the back of my throat. This was a very well balanced cocktail – a rarity in non-classic ones. Great ideas!!!

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    Beautiful cocktail. I just love the simplicity of that drink. But it’s feisty. Love that.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Beautiful cocktail. I just love the simplicity of that drink. But it’s feisty. Love that.

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com/ mylastbite

    I love SPICY. Making this for sure.

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com mylastbite

    I love SPICY. Making this for sure.

  • http://www.southerngracegourmet.com/ Southern Grace Gourmet

    Looks very good, and I love your photo, so pretty!

  • http://www.southerngracegourmet.com Southern Grace Gourmet

    Looks very good, and I love your photo, so pretty!

  • http://www.twitter.com/JapanEats Japan Eats

    A lovely set of photos! I love the way you put your images together – your framing, the wide aperture, the natural light. Can’t wait to see more…

  • http://www.twitter.com/JapanEats Japan Eats

    A lovely set of photos! I love the way you put your images together – your framing, the wide aperture, the natural light. Can’t wait to see more…

  • tokyoterrace

    Olive: If you want to cut out the alcohol, I would recommend trying the same recipe but with lemonade instead. It will still add a nice spiciness. I would recommend still using a shaker and straining the drink so that the pepper doesn’t make it too spicy. Thanks for stopping by!

  • tokyoterrace

    Olive: If you want to cut out the alcohol, I would recommend trying the same recipe but with lemonade instead. It will still add a nice spiciness. I would recommend still using a shaker and straining the drink so that the pepper doesn’t make it too spicy. Thanks for stopping by!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabiprime: That’s so funny that you were looking at the photo and thinking of Cocktail Friday without knowing it was mine! I love it! The cocktail you had at Bar Naga sounds delicious! I made a cocktail using Corona, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro this past summer and it was very refreshing. I love the slight heat in drinks like that. Thanks again for being such a great blogging friend!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabiprime: That’s so funny that you were looking at the photo and thinking of Cocktail Friday without knowing it was mine! I love it! The cocktail you had at Bar Naga sounds delicious! I made a cocktail using Corona, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro this past summer and it was very refreshing. I love the slight heat in drinks like that. Thanks again for being such a great blogging friend!

  • tokyoterrace

    Tasty Trix: I’m so glad you made this! I really appreciate getting feedback from people who try my recipes, so thank you so much! Habanero would be absolutely perfect for this.

  • tokyoterrace

    Tasty Trix: I’m so glad you made this! I really appreciate getting feedback from people who try my recipes, so thank you so much! Habanero would be absolutely perfect for this.

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: Thanks! I love that you called it ‘feisty’- great descriptor!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: Thanks! I love that you called it ‘feisty’- great descriptor!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Awesome! Let me know what you think!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Awesome! Let me know what you think!

  • tokyoterrace

    SouthernGraceGourmet: Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by!

  • tokyoterrace

    SouthernGraceGourmet: Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by!

  • tokyoterrace

    JapanEats: Thanks! Glad you like the photos. I hope you’ll stop by again!

  • tokyoterrace

    JapanEats: Thanks! Glad you like the photos. I hope you’ll stop by again!

  • http://jenacg-jen.blogspot.com/ Jen

    Love it, I had a drink very similar to this recently but with gin, coconut water and coconut buts with a chili pepper too. yum!

  • http://jenacg-jen.blogspot.com/ Jen

    Love it, I had a drink very similar to this recently but with gin, coconut water and coconut buts with a chili pepper too. yum!

  • http://mattatouille.com/ mattatouille

    i admire your photos :) great post

  • http://mattatouille.com mattatouille

    i admire your photos :) great post

  • tokyoterrace

    mattatouille: Thank you so much for the compliment. I truly appreciate it. I hope you are enjoying your travels!

  • tokyoterrace

    mattatouille: Thank you so much for the compliment. I truly appreciate it. I hope you are enjoying your travels!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jen: That sounds delicious- the coconut flavor with the spice would be lovely!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jen: That sounds delicious- the coconut flavor with the spice would be lovely!

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