This Spicy Tequila Cocktail Will Be Your New Favorite Brunch Drink

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Sweet enough to make your morning, spicy enough to perk you up. Serve it with this potato and bacon tart for peak awesomeness.

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This is Kevin Denton. He’s the bar director at Alder in NYC, which means he’s really good at inventing creative cocktails.

This is Kevin Denton. He's the bar director at Alder in NYC, which means he's really good at inventing creative cocktails.

When the restaurant started serving brunch, he created a trio of “stoplight” cocktails: the red one is a tomato-miso based Bloody Mary, the green one is a gin-spiked green juice, and this yellow cocktail is a not-so-sweet pineapple and yellow pepper juice spiked with spicy tequila. (Denton said he really thought the green juice thing would take off, but no one ordered it, which frankly made us feel better about the Current State of Brunch.) “I think people enjoy drinking tequila at brunch,” Denton says. “Since most of us going out to brunch are hungover and we're going to start drinking anyway, I thought it would be fun to have options. I like that Bloody Marys are savory, so I wanted to make other savory drinks. The yellow pepper balances out the sweetness of the pineapple.”

For an all-out Alder brunch at home, serve your yellow light cocktail with chef Wylie Dufresne's .

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Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make the Yellow Light cocktail.

Here are all the ingredients you'll need to make the Yellow Light cocktail.

Blanco tequila, jalapeño peppers, limes, pineapple, and yellow bell peppers.

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And ideally you’ll use a vegetable juicer. Kevin recommended the Champion commercial juicer, but any juicer will work.

And ideally you'll use a vegetable juicer. Kevin recommended the Champion commercial juicer, but any juicer will work.

This one, no surprise, is awesome. Available here ($295).

Note: If you don't have a vegetable juicer, get instructions for how to make this recipe with a blender and store-bought juice in the recipe at the bottom of this post.

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