Using the traditional ghost pepper, along with two other strains, a British pepper grower has recently produced what’s now considered the hottest pepper in the world, trumping the ghost pepper’s running claim on the title. We’ll spare you some of the measurements used to produce the Scoville scale, but we’ll simply let you know that the heat produced by the good, old-fashioned ghost is enough to make you weep, as dozens of YouTube videos attest.
Now, while we’re not slicing-and-dicing ghosts into our food at The Royale, we are known to mince up a few for drinking purposes, and this fall’s no exception. On the back bar, near our selection of call vodkas, you’ll notice “xxx” on a bottle of ghost pepper-infused vodka, taking a bottle of rail liquor and elevating it to a status while beyond its birthing. The ghost vodka can obviously be used for a spicy kick in a Bloody Mary, though you’re imagination should be your guide. Once we’ve completed this particular bottle, we’ve still got a fridge full of the last fruits produced at the Connecticut Street Garden, overseen by one of our employees. Their plant produced over 100 peppers this growing season, with the final 10 coming off the vine in November; we’ve got the last 10 to be clipped off, before winter set in.
Now that the cold weather’s officially on us for the season, consider warming your belly (and every major nerve center in your body) with a drink infused with our ghost pepper vodka. Ask for it by name.