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Hot Monkey Cilantro Gimlet

One of the most refreshing martinis we’ve come across! Perfect on a hot day.

  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 small tuft of cilantro
  • 2 oz Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka
  • 2 oz simple syrup

Muddle ingredients in a shaker until limes are juiced. Add ice and shake vigorously, then pour through a fine mesh strainer into a martini glass. (May be served on ice if you wish.)

Hot Monkey Pina Colada

Hot Monkey turns the classic Piña Colada into a spicy and icy delight. (serves 2)

  • 3 oz Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka
  • 3 oz Coco Lopez coconut milk
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 4 cups crushed ice

Blend until smooth, pour into a Hurricane glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

The Pancho Villa

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau (or Grand Marnier)
  • 0.5 oz Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka

Shake with ice and pour into a salt rimmed rocks glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Hot Date

  • 2 inches muddled cucumber
  • 1 oz Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz New Deal Vodka
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup

Muddle, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a floating cucumber slice.

New Deal House Bloody Mary

This is our most popular Bloody Mary recipe. We serve it at events, trade shows, and the Tasting Room to rave reviews. If our Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka has too much of a kick for you, try substituting our Portland 88 Vodka instead.

  • 2 oz Hot Monkey
  • 2 T dill pickle brine
  • 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4  t onion powder
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t lemon pepper
  • 8 oz Campbell’s tomato juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

Mix ingredients well and serve over ice. Garnish with citrus and your favorite pickled goodies!

Perfect 31 aka Monkey Juice

After a straight shot, the Perfect 31 is our most favorite way to drink our Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka.

  • 3 parts fresh chilled pineapple juice
  • 1 part Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka

Serve neat or over ice.

The Cranky Monkey

This feisty cocktail has just the right balance of sweet, tart and heat.

  • 1 oz Hot Monkey Hot Pepper Vodka
  • 1 oz New Deal Ginger Liqueur
  • 2 oz cranberry juice (TIP: we love Starvation Alley’s cranberry, but add a barspoon of simple syrup if using pure cranberry juice)
  • Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Build the ingredients over ice in your favorite highball glass, or shake and serve up as a martini. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Hot Monkey Drop

  • 1.5 oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 sugar rimmed glass

Shaken with ice and served up in a martini glass

Created by Shanon Lowe and Daniel Gonzales, Nuestra Cocina, February 2012 for Taste, a fundraiser for Morrison Child and Family Services


Spicy Thai Martini

  • Muddle 3 basil leaves
  • Add 0.5 oz New Deal Ginger Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 1 oz New Deal Vodka
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez coconut milk
  • 0.5 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice, strain and serve up in a martini glass.

Garnish with a basil leaf.

Mocha Monkey Martini

  • ½ oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 1 oz New Deal Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Mud Puddle Bitter Chocolate Vodka
  • ½ oz simple syrup

Stir with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

Mayan Monkey

For some people, hot chocolate means a small package of powder mixed into boiling water. We aren’t some people, but by the same token, we assume you didn’t come here for a diatribe on how to make hot cocoa from scratch. That said, this drinkable dessert calls for ‘Xocolatl’, an outstanding organic Mexican hot chocolate mix made by Dagoba Organic Chocolate in Ashland, Oregon. The mix is laced with chilies and cinnamon, and packs considerable heat on its own, so you’ll want to adjust the proportion of Hot Monkey to New Deal according to your tolerance.

  • 1 oz New Deal Vodka
  • 1 t Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 3 T Dagoba Xocolatl Hot Chocolate Mix (available at New Seasons Market)
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • Vodka Whipped Cream, to taste
  • Orange Zest

Rub orange zest along rim of large ceramic or glass mug. Prepare Dagoba Xocolatl Hot Chocolate Mix according to instructions and pour into prepared mug. Add New Deal and Hot Monkey Vodkas in varying proportions according to taste. Stir well. Finish with a generous dollop of Vodka Whipped Cream, a sprinkling of cinnamon and a twist of orange zest. You might not leave home this winter.

Bacon Bloody Mary

It was only a matter of time. This recipe is brought to us by Sic Semper Porcus, a blog dedicated to all things porcine. A featured member of our Bloody Mary Flight, and suggested as an important part of a complete breakfast, it is, as the folks at Sic Semper Porcus say “a must try recipe for any aspiring breakfast drinker.” 

  • 5 Large tomatoes
  • 3 Carrots, peeled
  • 4 Fresno peppers, stemmed
  • 1 1/2 Cups reserved cooking water
  • 1 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 T Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 3 T Ground black pepper
  • 1 T Ground fennel
  • 3 T Salt
  • 2 Slices bacon, plus one slice per glass (plus one to eat while you make the drinks)
  • New Deal Vodka, Portland 88 Vodka, or Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka

Boil the vegetables in water until tomatoes are tender. Remove vegetables, reserve cooking water and peel the tomatoes. Saute bacon to taste, and dice two strips. Combine all the ingredients (except water) in a blender and blend until a thick, smooth puree. (Yes, you are blending bacon). Slowly add the water until it has thinned out to the desired consistency. Add New Deal Vodka, Portland 88 Vodka, or Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka, or a combination thereof, depending upon your tastes and fortitude. Now pour over rocks, garnish wildly, and squeal like a piggy! Squeal!

Trunk Monkey

Here is a spicy little number that turned up recently on the bar at The Maiden. We were alerted to this fact by our friends at Yelp who absolutely insisted we post the recipe for it here. (Well, twist our arm!) Here it is, courtesy of Jared in all its original, unabridged glory…enjoy!

  • 1 Lime (2 half-moons), muddled
  • 2 oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1.5 to 2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Pineapple juice
  • ½ oz Lime juice
  • Dash Grenadine

Muddle limes in cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker, then ice to fill. Shake well. Strain and serve in a martini glass.

Vodka Soda with Grapefruit & Lemongrass

This effervescent cocktail is light and refreshing, and couldn’t be simpler to make. It’s the perfect antithesis to an overload of gingerbread cookies, stuffing, and Aunt Noreen’s green bean casserole. Kudos to Bradley Dawson at Belly Timber for the inspiration ….

  • 1 oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 2 T limoncello
  • 1 bottle Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice

Fill a glass with ice. Add Hot Monkey Vodka and limoncello. Give it a quick stir. Fill glass with Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice. You could garnish with a stalk of lemongrass, but who has lemongrass just sitting around in their kitchen? We don’t. Do you?

The Carmen Miranda

This cocktail is a labor of love celebrating the flavors and colors of summer in the Pacific Northwest. The quantities listed below yield one cocktail, but you’ll want to share, so don’t be shy…go get yourself an entire Hermiston seedless watermelon–or two! And don’t hesitate to pick up at least a pint of those lovely little pineapple tomatillos from Sungold Farms in Verboort, now appearing each Saturday at the Portland Farmer’s Market in the Park Blocks. The extras will make an irresistible salsa.

  • ¾ oz Hot Monkey Pepper Vodka
  • 3 oz Fresh watermelon juice
  • 3 oz Pineapple juice
  • ¼ t Pineapple tomatillo puree
  • 1 Splash Orange juice
  • 1 Splash Freshly-squeezed lime juice

Remove papery husks and stems from a pint of pineapple tomatillos. Place in blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Strain pineapple tomatillo puree through fine sieve, or over two layers of cheesecloth. Cut watermelon into chunks and work through a fine sieve – this is a messy job, but well worth the effort. If time is a factor, send the chunks through a blender and move on. Fill an 8 oz. highball 3/4 of the way with ice. Pour Hot Monkey Pepper-Flavored Vodka over ice. Mix equal parts watermelon juice and pineapple juice in a separate container to taste. Depending upon the watermelon you use, you might wish add a little more or a little less to the mix. The key is to find the color and flavor that suit you perfectly. Add juice mixture to the highball, top with the pineapple tomatillo puree, and stir well. Add the slightest splashes of orange and lime juice to taste. Garnish cocktail with a pineapple tomatillo skewered onto a toothpick and topped with a thin wheel of lime. You could also add a cube of watermelon if you are so inclined and prefer an extra degree of ‘razmatazz’.


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