From spicy salsas and moles in Mexico to jerk chicken in the Caribbean to curries in India, there’s a reason people in the hottest climates are also drawn to fiery foods: When that heat crosses your lips, it raises your body temperature and makes you sweat, improving circulation and helping you cope better with the weather around you. The same is true with cocktails. A spicy drink is actually more refreshing when sipped slowly on a hot afternoon. Plus, by swapping in low-calorie peppers to replace fruit or mixers, you also cut the calories in your drink significantly. All that, and they taste great with every type of liquor—it’s definitely time to get lit!
Adding some fresh pepper to your next cocktail doesn't just make it taste better; it also makes it healthier—and more refreshing.