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Velvet Inferno: It Hurts so Good

Spicy, Winter, Fall

About this Recipe

Like a toxic love affair, this drink will have you begging for more. The flavor is smooth, intense, and ends with a bite.  Just have a sip, we dare you.



  •  1.5 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
  • .75oz habañero maple syrup
  • .5oz Canella Cinnamon Cordial
  • .5oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • .5oz pomegranate juice
  • 4 dash Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
  • Crushed maple flakes – to rim glass

If the heat is a little more than you can handle, you can dilute some of the spice by using regular maple syrup with the habañero. Try half and half first, see where you end up.


The Syrup

As with most our syrups, this one is simple. Heat up 1 1/2 cups maple syrup, 1/2 cup of water and two sliced habañero peppers. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15(ish) minutes. Strain into an appropriate bottle and you’re ready to roll.

Pro tip: add this to your morning coffee for a spicy pick-me-up.

The Cocktail

Shake the above ingredients (minus the maple flakes) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

The Garnish

To coat your lips and mouth with a little extra sweet, try rimming the glass with crushed maple flakes. Never heard of those? I hadn’t either. I found some at a local Spice shop (Salty Savory Sweet). You could also use maple sugar. I added a slice of lemon with some of the maple flakes as well.