BISTRO 31

The Picantitos
Tito’s vodka, jalapeño, lemon/lime soda, basil leaves

I was wary of jalapeño as an ingredient—I don’t like cocktails that make me cry—but my concern was misplaced. On a spiciness scale of 1 to 5, my friend suggested a 2.5, and the drink turned out beautifully: sweet, refreshing, crisp. And no tissues required.