The Lion Cocktail Recipe

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The Lion cocktail was created by Dave Powell at Corner Social in New York City, and it does indeed have a mighty roar. This summer cocktail is spicy-sweet and tropical, with flavors like jalapeño, pineapple, blueberry and mint.

Closeup of Lion cocktail with blueberries and mint leaves

With this drink recipe involving actual pieces of jalapeño, mint leaf and blueberry, you might expect the instructions to call for muddling. But they don’t, because muddling the jalapeño would release too much of the oil, causing the drink to shoot out spicy flames and singe the tongue and sinus membranes of the poor fool who drinks it. Shaking releases enough – although you can muddle the mint and/or blueberry if you’re inclined to want to enhance those flavors.


  • 3 jalapeño discs
  • 1 ounce of agave syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
  • 1 ounce of pineapple juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 5 blueberries
  • 2 ounces of Don Julio Silver Tequila

Fill a shaker haflway with ice. Pour in all ingredients, liquid and otherwise, and shake well. Pour, ice and all, into a snifter. Garnish with a mint leaf wrapped around a blueberry.

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Last Updated:

October 25, 2023