Steelworks, puffed pork crackling, piquillo peppers

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Mile 8: A book about cooking

Mile 8

By David Higgs

Published 2018

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This is my go-to during service. It’s refreshing for those long nights in front of the fire.



  • 25 ml kola tonic
  • 25 ml lime cordial
  • 100 ml ginger ale
  • 100 ml soda water
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Piquillo pepper

  • 8 whole green piquillo peppers
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • Maldon sea salt flakes
  • 1 lime – the zest


To make the steelworks, use a highball glass with ice, add the kola tonic and lime cordial, followed by the ginger ale and soda water. Top with three dashes of Angostura bitters to serve.

Dress the peppers in olive oil and grill until slightly softened and blistered. Remove from the grill and season with sea salt flakes and lime zest.

To assemble, place a piquillo pepper sprinkled with sea salt flakes on a piece of puffed crackling, and serve one per cocktail.