Put Some Chilli Peppers in Your Shitty Pink Wine

Put Some Chilli Peppers in Your Shitty Pink Wine

When I first saw this Bon Appétit article suggesting I add sliced jalapeños to my rosé, I thought about getting angry, but then I remembered I was the one who suggested putting pickles in your shitty beer. (And I was just too tired to muster up any real indignation.)

When you consider the plethora of spicy cocktails out there, putting a few pepper slices in a glass of cheap wine isn’t that extreme. According to Bon Appétit, the practice — made popular by TikTok user Allyssa in the Kitchen — started out almost as a joke:

Allyssa Marshall (a.k.a. Allyssa in the Kitchen), says, “It’s a running joke amongst my followers that I add jalapeños to all of my cocktails. I was sipping rosé on a TikTok livestream one night in April for happy hour, and a follower commented daring me to add a jalapeño to my rosé. I dropped a few pepper slices into my glass, gave it a sip…and just like that, spicy rosé was born.”

It’s obviously not a move one should deploy on a delicate, nuanced, dry or off-dry rosé, but I didn’t see the harm in adding a few slices to a glass of super cheap, kinda sweet pink wine. So I did. And it wasn’t bad.

I grabbed a 9-dollar bottle of Yellow Tail rosé and a serrano pepper (because the grocery store was out of jalapeño peppers). I decided to slice them thinly, then scattered eight tiny pepper rings into an old jam jar. I poured the wine on top, let everyone get to know each other for a minute, and took a sip.

It did, in fact, add dimension to the otherwise lacklustre wine. It was mildly spicy on the backend, but the peppery aroma was what made it more interesting to me. It was a nice little hot and verdant bouquet. Such tasting notes aren’t completely unheard of in the wine community anyway. I’ve seen a more than one bottle that listed “bell pepper” or “jalapeño” on the label as flavours to watch for, though the flavours are obviously a little more pronounced in this context. The pepper also tempered the sweetness of the wine, making it more glug-able, which is a quality I value in cheap wine.

If nothing else, it is — as Bon Appétit points out — a “neat party trick,” especially if you have a few different peppers to play around with. Just make sure to serve some pickles alongside the peppers. You know, for the beer drinkers.

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


Leave a Reply