The way that most hot sauces are made is by blending peppers with vinegar, salt and other spices. Vinegar, eh? That sure sounds like a shrub to us. Shrubs are classically refreshing fruit and vinegar-based syrups that were sweetened and diluted to make a beverage since revolutionary times. Instead of making a berry shrub or an orange shrub, why not make a hot pepper shrub?
Bittermens has fortified the shrub with alcohol (to better extract the flavours from the spices) and made it much more concentrated, so you only need to use drops instead of ounces to get the desired effect.
THE 700 SONGS GIMLET
— shake, serve up —
1.5 oz. Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/4 oz. cinnamon syrup
5 drops Bittermens Hellfire Habenero Shrub
by The Shanty, Brooklyn