12 Drinks of Christmas: Spicy Lady

12 Drinks of Christmas: Spicy Lady

12 Drinks of Christmas: Spicy Lady


For the 9th drink of Christmas my true love served to me … a Spicy Lady. It’s #9 of our 12 drink ideas to make your holiday parties and quiet nights by the fire merry and bright.

Many years ago, when I was new to the world of cocktails,  I went to Alibi. I ordered some drink that involved spicy rum and Kahlua. It was the best drink I ever had.

Then I went back.

They had changed their menu.

And no one, I tell you no one, could even recollect that such a drink ever existed. I searched and searched and found nothing that seemed similar.

I gave up.

As the Cocktail god would have it, on our honeymoon, as we ate at a french restaurant, on a candle lit picnic table, on the beach, I discovered a drink that gives that drink, a run for it’s money: the spicy lady!

We ordered. Immediately declared it delicious. And then returned to the restaurant a few nights later for the sole purpose of copying down the ingredients.  Here’s to this restaurant. It’s one of the few restaurants that lists their drink’s ingredients with the proportions.  And they didn’t do it for all their drinks, but this one they did.  See, way too much coincidence for the heavens not to have arranged this divine string of events.

It’s great on it’s own and if you’re willing to buy a lot of rum is an easy drink to make by the pitcher.

It’s deep, and spicy, and not too sweet.

As luck would have it they of course sell nutmeg syrup everywhere in Grenada.  But I’m guessing you’re not in Grenada, in which case I recommend you buy it online or make it.

Rums are often thought of as a tropical and summer drink. But the combination with with the coffee notes from Kahlua and the spicy notes from the nutmeg syrup turns rum into a festive holiday accompaniment.

Also, when we first made this drink we sadly realized a little too late that our Kahlua supply was short.  We had to go to our corner liquor store. They had no Kahlua, but instead had Kapali, a cheaper, sweeter, knock-off brand.  Our take away: it’s actually strangely delicious.

Enjoy! And, please, whenever you think of this drink, please, sing Gangnam style and replace “sexy” with “spicy.”  I promise you that, “Heyyyy, spicy lady,” will ring through your head and make you thoroughly enjoy this drink all the more.


The Spicy Lady

Nutmeg Syrup (If making & not buying)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine sugar and water in pot.

Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Once it boils, add nutmeg and let simmer 1-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool

Store in airtight container in dark, cool place.



For You


  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz nutmeg syrup
  • 1/2 oz pineapple juice


  • Mix all ingredients together in a shaker.
  • Add ice.
  • Shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into cocktail class.
  • Garnish with pineapple.


For your friends (serves 8)


  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup Hahlua
  • 1/2 cup nutmeg syrup
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • Pineapple for garnish (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.
  • Stir for 1 minute.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, add ice and pineapple.

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