Hot Sauce Drinking

A gag where a character drinks hot sauce without realizing that they are, mistaking it for something else or being forced to.

Or, alternately, a character having Bizarre Taste in Food and using it as a condiment, often adding much too much, much to the disgust of the other people.

This is a Comedy Trope. May result in a Fire-Breathing Diner.

See also You're Drinking Breast Milk and Eating Pet Food.


  • This happens during "Somethin's Cookin'", the animated short at the beginning of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A funnel is attached to Roger's face. A bottle of "Acme Chili Sauce - Extra Hot" falls down and sticks in the funnel, pouring its contents into Roger's mouth. Flames spray out, turning him into a rabbit rocket.
  • John Cusack's character in War, Inc. is often seen drinking shot-glasses of hot sauce as a method of self-flagellation (he's an assassin).

  • There was a Hardy Boys book with a scene where Chet mistook some kind of extremely hot sauce for soup. He thought he'd been poisoned.
  • The aliens in the Roswell High series put Tabasco sauce on almost all their food and combine flavors in ways that would make Earthlings vomit. This was carried over into the TV show based on the books (see below).

Live-Action TV
  • Fringe: Observers will cover their food in peppers and douse it in Hot Sauce before eating it.
  • The aliens in Roswell put Tabasco sauce on almost all of their food and even bake it into brownies.
  • Red Dwarf: Dave Lister has been known to drink tobasco sauce after spreading it on his cornflakes.
  • In Everybody Loves Raymond, Butt Gorilla Robert Barone at first refuses to believe his father has lost his sense of taste and smell. He argues that the bottle of jalapeno sauce under debate has been hanging around his mother's kitchen since before the Korean War and has denatured. He then proves his argument by taking a long swallow. Thirty seconds later he is hanging on his back underneath the kitchen cold tap and Debra is berating him to at least use a glass.

Newspaper Comics

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Hot Pepper Gaming will do this sometimes with some kind of Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, tasking reviewers to drink shot glasses full of it before reviewing, or dunking an already spicy pepper in the stuff and eating that. Some reviewers make it through in one piece. Quite a few more are reduced to tears and profanity.

Western Animation
  • In the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle is annoyed by Pinkie Pie's ramblings, so she goes to pour herself a drink. Unfortunately, she pours herself a glass of hot sauce, and doesn't realize this until she has taken a sip and has the inevitable reaction.
    Pinkie Pie: Aw, look! She's so happy she's crying!
    • Pinkie then dumps nearly the whole bottle on a cupcake and tosses it into her mouth. She's completely unfazed by this, and says that it's good.
    • Later during a visit to Cloudsdale, Pinkie takes a taste of liquid rainbow. She finds it to be unbearably spicy, even by her standards.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Sandy drinks down a bottle of Extra Hot Hot sauce like it's water, after torturing Spongebob with a drop of it.
  • An episode of American Dad! had Stan wolf down an entire jar of horseradish, causing him to blow out his sphincter.
  • In one Metalocalypse episode (concerning the guys' various endorsement deals), Nathan Explosion is shown drinking straight from a bottle of Explosion Sauce. It lives up to its name when Skwisgaar tastes it and his allergy to cilantro becomes extremely apparent.