Qadeem Hassan is the mixologist/operational associate of Session cocktailswith locations in Tuscaloosa and Auburn, AL.
The Ring My Bell cocktail was inspired by a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, where I discovered the use of fresh and unique local produce in cocktails. Wanting to offer a tasty drink without the spiciness commonly associated with tequila-based cocktails, the idea of using bell pepper as the main ingredient came to fruition.
The goal was to provide a peppery experience with a subtle taste that would appeal to a wider audience. The addition of an aromatic sweet pepper garnish enhanced the drink with a spicy kick, enhancing its overall flavor profile.
The experimentation and development of the recipe took several months. I originally created a shrub using various combinations of fruit, sugar, and vinegar. But I found one shrub didn’t provide the consistency I wanted, so ultimately I chose a 1:1 syrup with added salt as a base.
The cocktail underwent many adjustments, including changes in glassware, garnish, ingredients, and type of ice. The name was eventually changed from From The Garden to Ring My Bell after being inspired by the song. Call me by Anita Ward, who perfectly captured the essence of the cocktail. I present it to guests as a unique Margarita-style drink with a savory, peppery taste, without the spiciness.
- 1 ½ ounces. Rested Tequila
- ½ ounces. American cuisine
- ¾ ounces. Lemon juice
- ¾ ounces. Yellow pepper syrup
- 2 Old Forester Salt and Pepper Tincture Drops
Qadeem Hassan, mixologist/operating partner at Session Cocktails, with locations in Tuscaloosa and Auburn, AL, created this recipe.