These "capsicum drinks" were one of the first drinks I found after my doctor told me to avoid alcohol, and also one of the first drinks I got excited to recreate on my own. Capsicum is the family of plants that produce capsaicin, which is what makes chilies hot. These organic drinks by Prometheus Springs are a blend of natural sweetners, fruit juices, flavorings, and capsaicin. I tried both their Lychee Wasabi and Pomegranate Black Pepper Flavors. Although neither drink was very much like a "fruit juice," they did had a slight fruity flavor. Then the heat kicks in.
Pometheus Springs uses pure capsaicin, so they don't have chile flavors competing with their other flavors. Makes sense, but I thought you could enhance the fruitiness by using a fruity chile pepper, like a Red Fresno or Habanero. Not a strongly vegetable-tasting one like poblanos or thai green that would make your drink taste like the broth from a bell pepper.
So I boiled up some honey in water and dropped in a roughly chopped habanero. This was a mistake. The boiling water and upward rushing steam atomized the chile's own capsaicin into the air, filling my face with a cloud of choking chile vapor. After I stopped sneezing (thankfully not into the drink), I added some lemon zest and let it infuse with the chile and honey for a few minutes. I then strained out the chile and zest and poured it into a half-gallon glass jug filled with lemon juice. Thinned out with a little water, it tasted great. The lemon was more forward that the honey, which is probably a good thing for a summer refresher. But it did have more heat that the store-bought variety.
0 comments :
Post a Comment