As days get chilly, Throwing Nightshade is a drink that brings the heat

Tony Smith from Spice Kitchen & Bar in Gordon Square shows how to build a Throwing Nightshade - an acho pepper based cocktail

Need a cocktail that brings the heat to stave off the newly-chill Fall air? Order up a Throwing Nightshade at Spice in Gordon Square. While it stays away from a mouth-burning flavor, the base notes of acho chilies found in the drinks liqueur, and a couple key drops of Habanero bitters give a smooth and unique heat.

Spice Kitchen & Bar (5800 Detroit Ave) is a farm-to-table eating destination that features a rotating seasonal menu that takes its ingredients and inspiration from their on-site hoop house or farm in Cuyahoga National Valley Park. The approach of “Whatever is growing” to building the day’s selections engages the staff’s creativity in the kitchen, but also behind the bar.

Tony Smith, bartender for Spice also needs to take what’s on hand, and transform it into unique cocktails and beverage offerings. This leads to straightforward approaches like juicing and garnishes, and more time-intensive methods, like picking, dehydrating, and marinating. In this and other upcoming “Drink This” videos that focus on Spice, Smith shows off the tricks of the trade they’ve learned that keeps people coming back to see what they’ve concocted next.