Spicy Jalapeño Gimlet


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Today we are toasting to success!

Remember that time I decided to quite my corporate job and give life as a freelancer a go? Ever since I made that decision, there’s been a little voice in the back of my head saying, “WOW, you just made the biggest mistake ever…” As unnerving as it’s been to scramble to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it over the past few months, I can finally say with a sigh of relief… I will not be a homeless beggar on the streets.

Can you say #winning? 

Spicy Jalapeno Gimlet | cakenknife.com

I know I need to stop saying that. It’s been years, for god’s sake. Give up the #winning already Meghan…

I am proud to say that after freaking out on a daily hourly basis, I can breathe a small sigh of relief, buckle down and get to work. I have work! I know this sounds completely insane, but if you put yourself in my shoes, you’ll understand. Having work is the best thing in the world after going without it for a little while.

Spicy Jalapeno Gimlet | cakenknife.com

I might be working crazy hours and pushing myself to the brink of exhaustion, but I am exceedingly happy doing it. GAH, making dreams happen is amazing. Jus’ sayin’.

So today we are toasting to success (finally)! A spicy jalapeño gimlet seemed appropriate for the occasion. It’s just the right sweet and spicy (and stiff) drink to reward yourself with at the end of a hard day’s work. I can still feel the lingering burn on my tongue and it is gooooooooood…

Spicy Jalapeno Gimlet | cakenknife.com

Spicy Jalapeño Gimlet

Spicy Jalapeño Gimlet

Yield: 1 cocktail

A sweet, spicy and stiff drink that will leave a lingering heat on your tongue.


Jalapeno Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1oz jalapeño simple syrup
  • 2oz vodka
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sliced jalapeno for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the jalapeno slices, sugar and water for the jalapeno simple syrup. Continue to stir until all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is simmering. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. Cool completely in the refrigerator before using.
  2. To make the gimlet, add all ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of jalapeño.

3 Responses to “Spicy Jalapeño Gimlet”

  1. Jill — September 10, 2015 at 8:33 am (#)

    You totally are #winning! Would love to hear more about what you’re up to and how you’re making it work!

    • Meghan B. — September 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm (#)

      Haha it’s been… difficult to pull together to say the least! I’ve moved more towards social media management to pay the bills at the moment, but it does give me SO much more flexibility. Of course I’m moving in a few weeks so the extra time I have is dedicated to that, but once I get settled I can FINALLY focus on the blog more *fingers crossed* I definitely need to just dedicate a post to an overall life update, things have been insane!

  2. Jill — September 15, 2015 at 9:11 am (#)

    Very cool! Yeah, bring on the life update…after your move. Good luck!

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