The Pepper Pot and Black Pepper Simple Syrup Recipes

Try this fiery little number: a spicy, fruity drink featuring black pepper syrup that is a combination of bitter and sweet.

| October 2019


The Pepper Pot is a fiery little number: a short, opaque and fruity sipper with warm, spicy notes and a sharp citrus tang, which hits the bitter/sweet ratio dead on.


  • premium vodka 45 ml (1 1/2 oz)
  • Black Pepper Syrup (see below) 45 ml (1 1/2 oz)
  • grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed 90 ml (3 oz)
  • grapefruit peel or wedge to garnish
  • Equipment: shaker, strainer
  • Glass Type: tumbler


Shake the vodka, syrup and grapefruit juice vigorously with ice until frosty and strain into a tumbler over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel or wedge.

Tip: Twist the peel over the drink to release the citrus oils.


The sweet stuff. Taking the edge off sour citrus flavours and softening the taste of bitter spirits, a dash of sugar syrup can transform a drink, turning the toughest liquor into soda pop. Flavoured syrup adds a level of complexity a fresh ingredient just can’t achieve. And it’s very nearly foolproof to make – start with the Simple Syrup recipe below, graduate to the flavoured recipes, and then begin to create your own. You could always buy them ready-made, but they’re so simple, so you really don’t need to.

It’s not essential to use unrefined sugar, but it’s tastier, chemical-free and – used in all your cocktail recipes and syrup-making – lends a wobbly irregularity to proceedings that could only be handmade.



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