1792 Signature Cocktail: The Old Pepper

by Scott Wagner

For when you want something with a kick 

There are times when you want a cocktail that’s silky smooth and there are times when you want something that’s got a kick. The Old Pepper is for when you want something that’s got more of a kick. 

A recipe originally created at the New York speakeasy Milk and Honey, it’s got a base of sweet turbinado flavor punctuated by a hit of hot sauce and a few dashes of Worcestershire. If you could take a southern summer night and put it in a glass, it would probably taste something like this. 


Old Pepper Cocktail Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar in the Raw turbinado
  • 1/2 cup water

Old Pepper Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. 1792 Bourbon
  • ¾ oz. Turbinado Syrup
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. Crystal hot sauce
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Garnish: 1 chile de arbol

Old Pepper Cocktail Syrup Directions:

  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. 
  • Bring to a boil and stir occasionally. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved and syrup has formed. 
  • Remove from heat and let cool. 

Old Pepper Cocktail Directions: 

  • Add ingredients (except for chile garnish) to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake until cold. 
  • Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with chile. 
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