Jared Hirsch is the Bar Manager of Sidebar in Oakland, California, and Jennifer V Baum is the owner of Absinthia's Bottled Spirits and creator of Absinthia's certified organic absinthe verte and blanche.
We're currently making Caged Heat in the kitchen at Sidebar. The space there is designed to support a small restaurant, not operate a bottling business. With your help, we will rent a commercial kitchen, purchase ingredients, bottles, corks, pay our graphic designer, our videographer, and cook, bottle, and ship Caged Heat to you.
One of the tenets of the modern craft cocktail is balance. A bad cocktail is one where the individual flavors dominate and push the flavor profile out of balance, whereas the ingredients in a good cocktail contributes to a better whole. That's where we come in.
One of the things that makes Caged Heat so awesome is that it's made with Ghost Peppers. Also known by their Indian name Bhut Jolokia, the Guinness book awarded these beauties the spiciest pepper in 2007 with a Scoville rating of 1 million units.
The peppers used in Caged Heat are kept in check. The spice is present, and heat makes itself known, but it doesn't dominate. It's Caged. Get it? It won't make you go running for a glass of milk, unless of course you want to make a Caged Heat milkshake, which, of course, you do. Jared loves spicy foods, Absinthia not so much. Both love Caged Heat!
Our Ghost Pepper, Cardamom, and Tamarind are all coming from the sexiest little spice shop in Oakland: Oaktown Spice Shop located on the shores of beautiful Lake Merritt. It's where we bought the ingredients to make the first batch of Caged Heat. We love John Beaver and his shop, and we are fiercely loyal to him and his wares. If you haven't been, GO.
Our friends have been going wild using Caged Heat in dozens of ways. Besides mixing it with other alcohols and citrus like Tequila, Vodka, and Rum, it's perfect with soda and lemon for a non alcoholic drink, or however you would use syrups at home, perhaps over waffles, ice-cream, or spotted dick. Check out our Facebook page for more ways to use it. If you create something delicious, we'd love to hear about it! You can message us there.
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