The Sneaky Bastard- a smoking hot cocktail!!!

The Sneaky Bastard- a smoking hot cocktail!!!

The Sneaky Bastard Cocktail is more than just another cocktail! If you’re looking to surprise your friends on your next grill party, you are in the right spot! This cocktail packed with secret ingredients is a party in the mouth. With world’s hottest pepper: “The Carolina Reaper” as one of the secret ingredients I don’t need to tell you it’s a surprising cocktail. Who dares to make it?

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The Sneaky Bastard – a cocktail full of surprises

As mentioned before the Sneaky Bastard is a cocktail packed with surprising secret ingredients that make this cocktail stand out of the pack! I’ll come back to the Carolina Reaper later on! First things first! The Sneaky Bastard is not only hot! It’s smoking hot! Don’t worry it’s perfectly drinkable! The smokey taste comes from two of the secret ingredients: Grilled Lemons and smoked paprika powder! This might sound strange but believe me: it’s awesome!

Why smoked paprika powder?

I had been playing with the grilled lemonade for a while! It’s just simple and delicious but somehow I have never shared a recipe! I will bring a change to this in the future starting here with a pretty special one! A couple of weeks ago I payed a visit to the Calavera restaurant nearby. I got blown away by their “Mexican Loco cocktail” which inspired me for this recipe. It took me a while to find out their secret ingredient: smoked paprika. The key ingredient to pimp my cocktail I had been working on for a while.

Smokey lemon syrup

To add a layer of smokiness on the cocktail I grilled some lemons and lemon peels on my new Napoleon Rogue and made a syrup with them. It’s pretty easy! You just need to mix 200 gr. of sugar with 250 ml water and add the lemons after you’ve grilled them! The extra layer comes with a teaspoon of smoked paprika powder. You can buy the hot version here (if you can’t find the right gin this might be an option but I have no experience with it). It might be safer to use this Smoked Paprika Powder. It’s a very good one too! Put it in a tea bag and infuse the syrup while it’s cooking. This way it’ll get a nice colour but the powder won’t spread in the syrup. The smokey syrup lasts for a couple of days so make sure you make some extra for more cocktails!

Carolina Reapers in a cocktail?

Damn right! The Sneaky Bastard is not only a smokey cocktail! It has some heat in it too! The heat comes from the Aduro Devil’s tail gin! Lately I have been talking a lot with one of the producers of this gin helping each other out! I helped him with some basic photography skills he brought me these awesome price winning gins! In one of our chats he mentions the devil’s tail gin as his personal favorite! I have to agree it’s the one with balls! I made a burger sauce with it before.

The Sneaky Bastard


The carolina reaper brings quite some heat to the devil’s tail gin, adding a pleasant sting in the end of a sip! Awesome for gin on the rocks! Yet it’s hard to combine this gin in cocktails since it tends to overpower the rest! Hence the powerfull counter ingredients in this cocktail bringing a nice balance!The devil’s tail gin is bringing the sneake bastard to a higher level. Besides the gin I also used some limoncello! So it seems like it’s time to try and make some homemade limoncello one of these days!

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Sneaky bastard - the smokey cocktail that will blow your tastebuds
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This sneaky bastard will blow your mind! I promise you a surprising cocktail that will blow your guests away! More secret ingredients than you can imagine! The Carolina reaper, world's hottest pepper, is one of them! Take a quick look and order your Aduro Devil's tail gin! You don't want to miss this!

Can't find the aduro gin? I'll tell you later how you could cope with that problem! 

Course: Aperitif, cocktail
Cuisine: Belgian, Mexican
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: BBQ Bastard
  • 4 cl lemon juice
  • 4 cl smokey lemonade
  • 4 cl devil's tail gin
  • 4 cl limoncello
  • 16 cl ginger ale
  • 2 cl elderflower syrup
For the Smokey Lemon syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 200 ml sugar
  • 250 ml water
  • 4 lemons
For the garnishes
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 5 dried mallow flowers
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika powder
Smokey Lemon syrup
  1. Add 1 tsp smoked paprika powder to a tea bag and put it in a pan with the sugar and water. Set aside for 15 minutes. 

    If you don't have a tea bag to fill you can put the paprika powder directly into the water and filter it afterwards with a coffee filter too!

  2. While the water is infusing with the smoked paprika: peel the lemons and grill them until they are nicely charred over direct fire. Put the peels and slices of lemon for the garnishes on an indirect heat source (you can split the coals in areas for this) to dry out. 

  3. Once the lemons are charred you add them to the pan and bring the syrup to a boiling point for 3 minutes. Add some of the lemon peels too!

    Let the rest of the peels (about 1/2) and the garnishing slices on the low heat side of the grill until they are dried out and crispy! about an hour or 2 (depending how thick you sliced them and the heat of your grill)

  4. Let cool down with the lemons, lemon peels and smoked paprika powder in the syrup. Once it's cooled pour it in a large bottle. You can save the syrup for a couple of days!

For the sneaky bastard cocktail
  1. Now the hard part is done! Mix all ingredients and taste! You can add more gin for more heat or less if you're not a fan of heat! If you want it sweeter you can add more syrup, and so on! It's a bit of a search to bring it to your balance since there are some unexpected flavors in this cocktail! But you'll get there! I posted the recipe tested on 6 people and this is how they prefered it! 

    Btw: they were pleasantly surprised!

  2. Garnish with a slice of dried lemon, dried flowers and a pinch of smoked paprika powder!

Have a mindblowing drink! But watch out! The sneaky bastard might punch you in the face if you're not paying attention! So drink safely!



Full disclosure
With my blog I try to share some passion. Some times I get some test products by passionate people or make use of affiliate links to cope with the costs. By buying through these links I earn a small commision without costs for you! All opinions shared are my own and no false statements will be made!

In this post: 
- I got the "Napoleon Rogue 425" and "spitroast" from Napoleon Grills for 5 months to test their product. 
- The Devil's tail gin was given as a present.
- There are affiliate links on the "Napoleon Rogue 425", "Smoked paprika powder".


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