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Spicy Collins

Enjoy a little spice with your beverages? Well, you’re in for a treat with this unique recipe! This is a one of a kind cocktail that will beat the heat while bringing the heat. The Spicy Collins, our signature twist on the classic Tom Collins, will take your breath away.

The original Tom Collins first made its publication appearance in Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bar Tender’s Manual Or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style (1882). The base liquor, gin, is still important in the Spicy Collins. Like the original, this drink is classified as a sour cocktail, as it consists of alcohol, lemon or lime juice, sugar (in any form), and water (carbonated or not). Also like the Tom Collins, the Spicy Collins is further categorized as a highball drink, due to the large proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer within the cocktail.

The key difference is the presence of an additional ingredient: poblano chile liquor. Our choice for this drink comes from the Ancho Reyes brand, which makes two varieties of chile liquor that blend nicely in cocktails. While chile liquor has been around for some time, the poblano version is a new, unique twist that adds not only spice, but great flavor!  This Spicy Collins has a refreshing and invigorating bite to go along with the sweet and sour flavor. You don’t want to miss out on this unique recipe! 

Fortunately, this drink is incredibly easy to prepare, just like the original Tom Collins. You don’t need a shaker to mix the ingredients. Simply pour the ingredients into the glass, stir, and enjoy! 

For specific instructions, please see below:

This cocktail requires four tools:

  • glass (preferably a Collins glass, but any tall glass will do)
  • jigger (a one ounce shot glass will do in a pinch)
  • single lemon press squeezer (or your bare hand, if you’d prefer!)
  • long stirring spoon (even a long teaspoon will do)


  • Lemons
  • Gin (London Dry)
  • Poblano chile liquor
  • Simple Syrup
  • Tonic Water (any carbonated water, like club soda, will be fine, too!)


  1. Fill your Collins glass with ice (larger ice is preferred, as it will resist melting too quickly and watering down the drink).
  2. Add 2 ounces of gin
  3. Add 1 ounce of Ancho Reyes Verde (poblano chile liquor)
  4. Add 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  5. Add 1 ounce of simple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
  6. Fill up the glass with your tonic water
  7. Stir
  8. Garnish it with a lemon wheel (optional)
  9. Enjoy!


We suggest that you try our other Spicy cocktails! You don’t want to miss out!

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