A sensory explosion in your mouth, this refreshing spritzer combines the numbing, effervescent sensation of Szechuan buzz buttons with the hot and fruity Timut Pepper of Nepal.
Ingredients Servings 4 8 24 48 80 100 Liquid Lightning | Serves 4 2 cups Water, hot 1/2 cup Citron Tea, sub. orange marmalade 2 tsps Timut Pepper, ground 4 each Buzz Buttons, minced 2 tbsps Timut Pepper, fresh 2 tbsps Sugar Service | Serves 4 As Needed Ice 8 oz Liquid Lightning 6 oz Gin, optional 8 oz Seltzer 4 each Buzz Buttons 4 each Lemon Peel, 3"x1/2" 4 each Cocktail stick Procedure Liquid Lightning In a container, combine hot water, citron tea, timut pepper, buzz buttons, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate overnight.
Strain liquid with a fine-mesh sieve into another container. Hold refrigerated for service.
Service For each serving, fill cocktail shaker with ice, 2 ounces liquid lightning, 1 1/2 ounces gin and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Pour into champagne glass and top with 2 ounces seltzer.
Garnish with 1 buzz button, 1 lemon peel on a cocktail stick, and serve immediately.
If making a "mocktail" add an additional 1 1/2 oz of seltzer to fill.