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November 15, 2022 3 min read

Nothing hits the spot at the end of a long week like a tasty cocktail. Whether you’re chilling alone at home or out celebrating with friends, a refreshing mixed drink is a great way of loosening up and relaxing while also enjoying a unique combination of tastes and flavors.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you already know that we here at Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly love discovering new flavor hybrids, with a major personal favorite being the one-two punch of sweet and spicy. It should come as no surprise then, that we like our cocktails the same way we like everything else: with a pepper jelly kick!

From Margaritas on the beach to Bloody Marys at brunch and even high-class Old Fashioneds, we’ve put together a list of three of our favorite spicy cocktail recipes for you to enjoy. Shaken? Stirred? It’s all good when you’ve got a jar of Pepper Jelly on hand, so order some today and get thirsty!

Spicy Mixed Drinks You Can Make with Pepper Jelly

One of the best ways of adding spiciness to a cocktail is with pepper jelly. Pepper jelly provides the perfect mixture of heat and sweet, while also giving beverages a bold, vibrant color.

For the spicy cocktail recipes below, we recommend using a fruit-based variety, such as our Pomegranate Pepper Jelly, our Cranberry Pepper Jelly, or our Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly. Or, if you want to experiment with all three, order our “I Love Fruit” variety pack!

Pepper Jelly Margarita

Looking for a taste of the topics? Spicy alcohol drinks don’t come much more tropical than the Margarita! The fruity taste of tequila, lime, and orange togethr pairs well with sizzle of pepper jelly, giving you the feel of a sunny summer vacation no matter where you are or what time of year it is.


1 cup tequila

1 cup lime juice

1/2 cup orange liqueur

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup pepper jelly, strained or pureed


Mix all ingredients with a whisk until sugar and pepper jelly are fully dissolved and there are no lumps. Pour the resulting mixture into a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake well for 30 seconds. Serve in glasses with salted rims.

Pepper Jelly Bloody Mary

Close-up of a Bloody Mary made with pepper jelly

The Bloody Mary is the reigning king (queen?) of spicy cocktail drinks. Its unique blend of tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and Old Bay is the savory, salty antidote to overly saccharine candy-flavored cocktails. Want to make it even more unique? Add some pepper jelly to the mix!


1 cup vodka

5 cups tomato juice

2 bottles clam juice

1/2 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Old Bay

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

2 dashes hot sauce

3 tablespoons pepper jelly, strained or pureed


Mix tomato, lime, and clam juice together in a large pitcher, then mix the other ingredients together in a separate pitcher. When both pitchers' ingredients are well-incorporated, mix together in another pitcher. Add vodka and stir to combine. Serve in glasses with salted and Old Bay-covered rims.

Pepper Jelly Old Fashioned

If you’re craving spicy mixed drinks but want something a little simpler than a Bloody Mary, or a little more upscale than a Margarita, then how about an oh-so-vintage but always-in-vogue Old Fashioned? The addition of pepper jelly brings a modern flair to this timeless classic.


1/4 cup bourbon

1 orange slice

4-6 dashes bitters

1 sugar cube

1 tablespoon pepper jelly, strained or pureed


Pour bourbon and pepper jelly into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well for 30 seconds. Put sugar cube into a low-ball glass, then muddle with the bitters and an orange slice. Add another handful of ice to the glass, then pour in the bourbon/pepper jelly mixture. Stir and serve.

Feeling Parched? Try These Spicy Cocktails Recipes Today!

No matter what your alcoholic beverage of choice, the spicy mixed drinks described above should be more than enough to illustrate how versatile Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly truly is.

If you’re on the lookout for fun and unique recipes that you can make at home, you’ve come to the right place. Browse our blog for more sweet and spicy food and drink ideas.

If you’re seeking pepper jelly for sale, once again, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to buy a jar for yourself, a gift for a friend, or one of our many pepper jelly variety packs, we have just the thing you’re looking for. Browse our full selection now!