If you like a little extra kick, you have to try a ‘Jalafuego’ pepper. Part of my Home Grown Seed Collection, this extra-large jalapeño boasts super high pungency and cucumber mint jalapeno martini jalafuegocomes from a strong plant with excellent yield.

I like to use the ‘Jalafuego,’ in very small quantities, to spice up a cocktail, like this Jalafuego Jalapeño Cucumber Refresher.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • fresh mint leaves
  • cucumber slices
  • jalapeno slices


  1. Muddle 2 mint leaves with a slice of cucumber and a slice of jalapeno in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, vodka, simple syrup and grapefruit juice.
  3. Shake until well chilled.
  4. Pour into a glass filled with ice (or "up" in a martini glass, if preferred).
  5. Garnish with cucumber and jalapeno slices.