Recipe courtesy of John Green and John Green

The Locomotive

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 1/2 ounces orange-flavored vodka

1/2 ounce cranberry juice 

1/2 ounce lemon juice 

1/2 ounce orange juice 

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows

1 slice serrano chile 

1 slice jalapeno pepper

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, lemon juice, orange juice and Simple Syrup to the shaker. Smash the slice of serrano chile with the back of a bar spoon several times and add it to the shaker. Shake for 8 to 10 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the slice of jalapeno. This cocktail may be served straight up or on the rocks.

Simple Syrup:

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups
  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.