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Red Chile Simple Syrup

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

Yield

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Try this spicy syrup in a Fiery Mango Margarita (shown). If you're scared of the chile's heat, where latex gloves while slicing. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small red chile, sliced

How to Make It

  1. Stir together sugar, water, and sliced chile in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard chile slices. Chill syrup until ready to use.