18 Spicy Cocktails Recipes Worth Trying

Many drinks have spicy elements. Some come from the spirits’ natural flavor, but the best spicy cocktails have something extra to add even more kick.

Spicy watermelon popsicle margarita cocktail

Adding heat to a cocktail highlights refreshing elements like citrus and helps build complex flavor profiles.

Some of my favorite cocktails of all time have a satisfying spicy taste.  

Though sweet and spicy makes for a great combination, it’s not the only option when it comes to the best spicy cocktails. Plenty of savory drinks benefit from a spicy element, too.

No matter your preferences, these are some of the best cocktails to try if you prefer things hot! 

Final Thoughts

These spicy cocktails can be adjusted for your heat preferences – I only like a little bit of spice compared to others!

Check out other cocktails on our blog from coconut cocktails to cinnamon spice cocktails.

18 Spicy Cocktails Recipes Worth Trying

Spicy watermelon popsicle margarita cocktail

Looking for a cocktail with a kick? Check out the best spicy cocktails to mix up, from the classic spicy margarita to other drinks that turn up the heat. 

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Choose your favorite recipe.
    2. Gather the necessary ingredients.
    3. Prep and cook your recipe.
    4. Enjoy!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.