5 Spicy Drinks in Tucson That’ll Entice the Tastebuds

From the chiltepin to the jalapeño, Tucsonans are capsaicin crazy. These delightful, spicy drinks bring the heat.

Last modified on January 16th, 2019 at 3:16 pm

From the chiltepin to the jalapeño, Tucsonans are capsaicin crazy. However, these colorful fruits aren’t just reserved for the dinner table.

Check out these discoveries on our search for some delightful, spicy beverages in Tucson.

Oaxacan Dream at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

135 S. Sixth Ave.
Oaxacan Dream (Photo courtesy: DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails)

Oaxacan Dream (Photo courtesy: DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails)

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails features a well-rounded cocktail menu with options that certainly brings the heat — from chipotle to serrano chili, there’s a bite.

The one that stole our hearts was the Oaxacan Dream. The serrano-infused reposado tequila adds just the right heat to this specialty cocktail.

Of course, the house-made grenadine isn’t too shabby either. Top it off with a Lucas-rimmed glass for an instant favorite.

For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.

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Chiltepin Red at Button Brew House

6800 N. Camino Martin Ste. 160

The Chiltepin red is a “spiced beer inspired by Irish red ales and brewed with fresh lime zest, lemon peel, and chiltepins.”

The Button Brew House beer, available in both four packs and singles, “packs a surprisingly strong punch but isn’t overwhelming.”

If you like a drink with a kick, this one’s for you.

For more information, visit buttonbrewhouse.com.

Poquito Picante at Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Sunrise Dr.

Head to Contigo for their Poquito Picante.

The spicy gin cocktail has grassy notes of cilantro and cucumber accompanied by lemon and jalapeño — and it’s only five bucks on the happy hour menu. How’s that for a sharp yet refreshing choice?

For more information, visit eatatcontigo.com.

Michelada at El Berraco

2960 N. First Ave.
Shish and Michelada at El Berraco (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shish and Michelada at El Berraco (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you’re into salty, savory, and spicy flavors, this clamato-based drink ticks the boxes.

The addition of hot sauce, lime juice, and a combination of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or Maggi Jugo makes for one moreish michelada.

El Berraco‘s michelada, served on ice in a Tajín-rimmed glass, lays claim to fame as one of the best micheladas in Tucson.

For more information, visit el-berraco.com.

Mangoyada at Mangos Refresqueria y Cafe

4990 S. Campbell Ave.
Mangoyada and Tostilocos at Mangos Refresqueria y Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mangoyada and Tostilocos at Mangos Refresqueria y Cafe (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sometimes you need to do your liver a favor and pass on the alcohol, but thanks to the raspado world you don’t need to pass on heat.

Raspados are Mexican sno-cones. The Mangoyada at Mangos Refresqueria y Cafe is layered with chopped mango, chamoy, shaved ice, and tamarind candy.

This icy beverage contains it all: sweet, savory, salty, sour, and spicy — a true feast for the eyes and taste buds.

Keep up with Mangos Refresqueria y Cafe on Facebook.

[This article was originally written on June 11, 2014 and most recently updated on January 16, 2019. Kate Severino contributed to this author.]

Alicynn Fink is a recent grad from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Follow her stories at restaurantwife.com.
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