Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annum) is a type of red chile pepper in the nightshade family named for the city of Cayenne in French Guyana. Cayenne peppers range between 30,000 and 50,000 Scoville units, making them between six and ten times hotter than a jalapeño. 

Cayenne peppers have a nice balance between heat and flavor, making them very popular in a wide range of cuisines. Many pepper sauces (including Buffalo Wing sauce) have a base of Cayenne peppers, and their heat shows up in everything from Sezchuan to Cajun and Caribbean cooking. 

Some popular cocktails containing Cayenne pepper

  • Mexican Razor Blade — Tequila, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Cucumber, Cayenne pepper
  • Bodhicitta — Coconut rum, Cynar, Egg white, Ginger syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper, Ginger
  • Tessmanian Devil — Gin, Strega, Aromatized wine, Bitters, Lemon juice, Hot sauce, Cayenne pepper, Chili pepper
  • Xocolatl Talisman — Blended Scotch, Drambuie, Bitters, Coffee bean, Espresso, Agave syrup, Cayenne pepper
  • Holland Razor Blade — Genever, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Cayenne pepper
  • Coquito — Añejo rum, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Coconut milk, Sweetened condensed milk, Coconut Water, Salt, Cayenne pepper, Nutmeg
  • 'Kinch — Irish whiskey, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper