This spicy Red Bell Pepper Cocktail with gin and lemon is a refreshing cocktail! A twist on a classic gin cocktail made with an easy red pepper simple syrup you can use for multiple drinks.
A variation on the pre-prohibition era gin sour, this beautiful red martini is one of my favorite cocktails to make. The easy red pepper simple sugar syrup makes enough for multiple cocktails.
If you are a gin lover, this is a good drink to add to your happy hour rotation.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Simple ingredients
- Homemade simple syrup
- Classic cocktail with a twist
Ingredients and substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
Red bell pepper - Fresh red pepper is infused into our simple syrup. Its sweet and fruity flavor melds well with the tartness of lemon juice and a bit of spice.
Gin - Dry gin balances the flavors of the sweet and slightly spicy simple syrup quite well.
London Dry Gin is recommended and easy to find at your local liquor store. Play around with the kind of good gin you enjoy and what best suit your personal taste.
Don't have gin? Vodka is a good substitute, although the flavor won't be as well-rounded.
Lemon juice - Fresh lemon juice is best. It plays well with the tart veggie and sweet pepper syrup.
Organic cane sugar - I like to use organic since it is processed in a cleaner way and is vegan-friendly.
Red pepper chili flakes - A little bit of spice balances the sweetness nicely.
Before you start: Prep your syrup with time ahead to let it cool.
Step 1: In a small saucepan, combine the water, organic cane sugar, sliced pepper, and chili flakes.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Step 2: Once cool, strain the simple syrup into a bottle or airtight container. In a cocktail shaker, fill with lots of ice, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.
Strain and pour into a coupe or martini glass. Serve with a garnish of sliced pepper, lemon slice, or fresh lemon twist, if desired.
If you don't have a shaker on hand, the drink can be stirred in a mixing glass with ice and then strained with a fine mesh sieve.
Jigger - Use this to measure the gin, lemon juice, and syrup.
Don't have a jigger? That's okay. Use a one-cup liquid measuring cup with ounces marked instead.
Coupe glass - Serve these easy gin cocktails in a coupe glass or martini glass. Any stemmed chilled cocktail glass will do.
You can serve this gin cocktail straight up.
This gin martini is served in a coupe glass, but a martini glass can also be used.
Tanqueray, Beefeater, Hayman's, and Bombay Sapphire are all considered London Dry Gins.
Want more summer drink inspiration? This grapefruit juice hibiscus cocktail is a light and fruity vodka sipper.
And these pineapple jalapeño margaritas from Vanilla and Bean have just the right balance of sweetness and spice!
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Red Bell Pepper Cocktail
- 1 red bell pepper deseeded and sliced
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
- 1 ½ ounces gin London Dry Gin recommended
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ½ ounce red bell pepper simple syrup
Make the Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, organic cane sugar, sliced red bell pepper, and chili pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Once cool, strain the simple syrup into a bottle or airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- In a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass. Serve with a garnish of bell pepper, if desired.