You don't have to warm up your drinks to provide some heat to your insides. On the off chance you're not sitting near a moonshine still, a Sriracha Bloody Mary will have the same effect of warmth upon your gullet.
Sriracha is a chili sauce -- you'll recognize it by its flaming red color and familiar plastic squeeze bottle. I've also heard it called rooster sauce -- a nod to the animal that adorns the bottle from Huy Fong, the most popular brand of the sauce in the United States.
In a Bloody Mary recipe, sriracha is essentially a stand-in for Tabasco. Although keep in mind that a small squeeze goes a long way towards clearing up your sinuses. If you don't have a go-to recipe for a Bloody Mary, here's one that incorporates sriracha.
On the Ask Metafilter blog, there's a lively discussion about various gin and vodka-based drinks that involve citrus and sriracha. The hot sauce is also one half of a Rain Forest Fire shot -- the other half is tequila. I understand if this is your nightmare in a shot glass -- I imagine it's the kind of drink that should be reserved for nights when nobody has a digital camera.
If you want to offer a pairing with your new cocktail -- or simply keep the sriracha out of your glassware all together -- these apricot-glazed sriracha chicken wings sound like the kind of party food you'll remember after the party.
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