Recipe Details

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.

Liquid Lightning

  1. In a container, combine hot water, citron tea, timut pepper, buzz buttons, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Strain liquid with a fine-mesh sieve into another container. Hold refrigerated for service.


  1. For each serving, fill cocktail shaker with ice, 2 ounces liquid lightning, 1 1/2 ounces gin and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into champagne glass and top with 2 ounces seltzer.
  3. 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.