Spicy Tropical Coolers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2/3 cup sugar

1 jalapeno pepper, sliced, plus more for garnish

2 cups pineapple juice

2 cups orange-flavored vodka

1 cup mango nectar

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 4 to 5 limes)

Pineapple and mango chunks, for garnish


  1. Make the jalapeno syrup: Bring the sugar, 2/3 cup water and half of the jalapeno slices to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, muddle the remaining jalapeno slices in a large liquid measuring cup with a wooden spoon. Add the pineapple juice; let sit while the syrup cools.
  3. Strain the jalapeno syrup and pineapple juice mixture into a pitcher. Stir in the vodka, mango nectar and lime juice and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour into ice-filled glasses; garnish with skewers of pineapple, jalapeno and mango.