Keeping things festive and cheerful with The Sweet and Spicy Cheermeister Cocktail. Homemade ginger and honey simple syrup infused with spicy jalapeños, mixed with tequila, smoky mezcal (if you’d like), lemon, and pomegranate juice. Top everything off with sparkling water. It’s a touch of sweet and a little bit spicy. And don’t skip that salty, spicy-sweet, chili sugar-rimmed glass for the perfect Christmas drink. It’s both festive and warming, ideal for these cold December nights.

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It’s not a secret that I love a good Christmas cocktail. I love developing the recipes, coming up with fun names, and creating a real Christmas scene within the photos. Creating these drinks is really something I look forward to every single year.

And you know something? Just when I think I might not have yet another cocktail idea…an idea sparks, and I’m immediately excited. Enter this Sweet and Spicy Cheermeister Cocktail. I wanted to create a cocktail that was warming but had a bit of a kick to it. I thought back to the drinks my family has really loved the most. The two things I came up with that everyone loves most within a cocktail?

A little tequila paired with some spiciness.

I took that and added some special touches. In the end, I came out with a cocktail that’s totally different, but so delicious. And festive…which you know I am all about.

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Here are the details.

As with most of my cocktails, this is simple to throw together. There’s even a punch version to serve the whole family when needed.

You’ll want to start with the syrup. My new(ish) thing these days is homemade cocktail syrups. I’ve decided they can really take a drink from just ok, to very delicious. They’re not always needed, but a spicy ginger syrup is what really makes this drink.

And it’s so simple to make. You just need honey, ginger, and fresh jalapeños. Simmer everything together, then use the syrup within your cocktail. If you don’t love an overly spicy drink, you can easily control the heat level by reducing the amount of jalapeño. Or if you love spicy – add more!

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Once you have the syrup made, the rest is SIMPLE.

First, start with the salted chili sugar. It’s simply sea salt, chili powder, and granulated sugar mixed together. But it adds a festive, salty, spicy, and sweet touch to each drink.

Then just shake everything together in a cocktail shaker or even just a glass jar with a lid (use what you have). Shake together that ginger syrup, a splash (or two) of tequila, mezcal (or more tequila), lemon, and pomegranate juice. Strain into your glass, then top off with sparkling water for a touch of fizz too.

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Simple and perfect.

My cousin has already requested a batch or two of the punch version for Christmas Eve and I can’t wait to make this again for everyone. I already know it’s going to be a favorite…this one contains everything they all love most in a cocktail.

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My Suggestion?

Christmas movies, cocktails….and enjoy a Saturday night at home by the fire. There isn’t much else to do these days, but honestly, this sounds like my ideal December night.

Hope you all enjoy!

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Looking for other simple Christmas cocktails? Here are my favorites: 

Sparkling Christmas Party Punch

Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail

Christmas Snowstorm Margarita

Lastly, if you make The Sweet and Spicy Cheermeister Cocktail be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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4.21 from 59 votes

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The Recipe

The Sweet and Spicy Cheermeister Cocktail

Festive and warming...and don't skip out on that salty, spicy-sweet, chili sugar rimmed glass!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients

Ginger Syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 inch fresh ginger sliced
  • 1-2 jalapeño sliced, to your taste

Cocktail

  • salted chili sugar, for the rim (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce mezcal (or additional tequila)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • sparkling water, for topping

Instructions

  1. 1. To make the ginger syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water, the honey, ginger, and the jalapeños to a boil over high heat. Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let cool. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.

    2. On a shallow plate, combine the salt, sugar, and chili powder. Rim your glass, then fill with ice.

    3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2-3 tablespoons ginger syrup, the tequila, mezcal, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Salted Chili Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup sea salt, 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon chipotle or regular chili powder. Use as directed above.

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3.88 from 72 votes

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The Recipe

Cheermister Punch

Festive and warming...and don't skip out on that salty, spicy-sweet, chili sugar rimmed glass!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients

Ginger Syrup

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2-3 jalapeño, sliced, to your taste

Punch

Instructions

  1. 1. To make the ginger syrup. In a medium pot, bring 3/4 cup water, the honey, ginger and jalapeños to a boil over high heat. Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat.

    2. Rim each glass with sugar before serving.

    3. In a punch bowl, combine the ginger syrup, tequila, mezcal, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice. Stir to combine, chill until ready to serve. Serve over ice, then top off with sparkling water (or add the sparkling water to the punch bowl). Garnish as desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Salted Chili Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup sea salt, 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon chipotle or regular chili powder. Use as directed above. 

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