Yield: 1 serving
2 thin slices fresh serrano pepper, divided
1 1/2 ounces mandarin vodka, such as Absolut or Hangar One
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 orange wedge
1. Place 1 slice of serrano pepper into a cocktail shaker and mash lightly with a muddler. Add vodka, lemon and orange juices, simple syrup and cranberry juice. Fill shaker with ice. Place a mixing glass over the cocktail shaker, hold together firmly and shake back and forth 10 times.
2. Run the orange wedge around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass into the sugar. Strain the cocktail into the sugar-lined rocks glass. Coat the remaining slice of serrano with the remaining sugar; float on the liquid as a garnish.