Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annum) is a type of red [ingredient=chili-pepper 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
  • Tessmanian Devil — Gin, Strega, Aromatized wine, Bitters, Lemon juice, Hot sauce, Cayenne pepper, Chili pepper
  • Bodhicitta — Coconut rum, Cynar, Egg white, Ginger syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper, Ginger
  • Cure for Eric — Rum, Virgin Islands Rum, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Water, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Butter, Lemon juice, Honey, Grade B maple syrup, Lemon zest, Vanilla extract, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cayenne pepper, Cinnamon stick, Cloves
  • Gusano Rojo — Mezcal, Sweet vermouth, Campari, Honey syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper
  • Xocolatl Talisman — Blended Scotch, Drambuie, Bitters, Espresso, Agave syrup, Cayenne pepper, Coffee bean
  • Holland Razor Blade — Genever, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Cayenne pepper
  • 'Kinch — Irish whiskey, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lime juice, Cayenne pepper
  • Sotol Sour — Sotol, Triple sec, Lime juice, Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur, Agave syrup, Cayenne pepper
  • Coquito — Añejo rum, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Coconut milk, Sweetened condensed milk, Coconut Water, Salt, Cayenne pepper, Nutmeg