Day 29: Spicy Perro Cocktail

Welcome back to the real world, y’all! I hope you guys all enjoyed your long weekend, hopefully outside enjoying the sunshine! I know mine was good, possibly too good considering all the awesome food and beverages I consumed. I was going to share a really healthy, green smoothie recipe today to help detox from the long weekend, but my blender is broken and the weather is just as gorgeous as it was this weekend, so I figured it’d be best to just keep the party going.

This drink is like a cross between the Salty Dog and a Spicy Paloma, so I’m calling it the Spicy Perro (sorry to disappoint you if you came here looking for an artisanal hot dog or something). It’s crazy refreshing on a hot day and since it has grapefruit juice in it, it’s basically a health food.Spicy Perro Cocktail | Diamonds & Bacon

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, it’s incredibly easy – as the name implies – and you can make as much or as little as you need. I typically make a whole pitcher when I make drinks with more than two ingredients, but tonight it’s just me and my manfriend and it’s a Tuesday soooooo we’re being responsible, and I only made a 1/2 cup (if making a large batch, the syrup will keep for about a week in the fridge). The jalapeno syrup definitely adds a kick to the drink, so if you want to keep it more mild take the seeds out before using them in the syrup, but I love a little kick!Jalapenos for Simple Syrup | Diamonds & Bacon

Even though I only made two servings, I have a feeling we’ll be going back for seconds – or maybe thirds – for this one. The flavors are on point, and if you don’t feel like having the club go up a Tuesday you could take out the gin and it’d be just as refreshing. Ease into your week with a Spicy Perro at dinner and the weekend will be here before you know it! I’ll see you poolside with a pitcher 😀Spicy Perro Cocktail | Diamonds & Bacon

Spicy Perro Cocktail

Serves: 2 
Prep Time: 15 min      Total Time: 20 min


  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oz gin of choice 
  • club soda
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced


  1. In a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 jalapeno sliced (with or without seeds) and 1/2 cup sugar 
  2. Bring to boil, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, and turn off the heat 
  3. Allow syrup to cool before removing jalapeno slices 
  4. In a small glass, add 1 oz gin, 1 oz syrup, 2 oz grapefruit 
  5. Add ice and club soda to fill
  6. Stir, garnish with jalapeno slices
  7. Cheers to everyone on a happy summer!

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