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  • Writer's pictureMonika Carnicle

Hawaiian Pepper and Kona Coffee Bitters

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

Brigitte, our neighbor and fellow coffee grower, described a favorite drink she once had while traveling. So from her vivid memories of some bar in Seattle with a delicious margarita the quest began to replicate it. She described a smokey tequila mixed (Mezcal) with cucumber and parsley juice. It also had bay leaf used somehow in it. What luck! We have a bay leaf tree growing by the upper bungalow. The bitters in the drink were made with Serrano peppers and espresso beans, but I wanted to use Hawaii hot chili peppers and chocolate habanero peppers because that is what we have growing. The drink turned out great - see the Brigitte-Rita. Below is the recipe for the bitters inspired by that drink.


  • 1/3 cup hot Hawaii chili peppers

  • 1/3 cup roasted Kona coffee beans

  • 1 chocolate habanero pepper

  • 24 ounces of vodka


Place the peppers and coffee beans in the jar and fill to top with vodka. After sealing, let the jar rest in a dark place for a couple of weeks. While the magical spicy mixture is being created, start dreaming of different drink ideas to make with it!

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