Maple Habanero Cocktail

Maple Habanero Cocktail

Over the next month I’ll be sharing some throwbacks to 2014-ish when my friend Aubrie (of PDXFoodPhotos) and I were teaming up on shoots for the online publication Incomplete Magazine. Since then, the magazine has sold off, and I thought our recipes and photos were lost to the web. I found them in my computer’s archive recently and decided it’s time to re-post for all to enjoy. I’m kicking things off by sharing my Maple Habanero Cocktail, made with homemade habanero vodka and served up spicy.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Successfully executed in either martini glass or tumbler, a maple habanero cocktail will quench the thirst of even the most spicy of palates. Homemade habanero vodka is quite easy to make. Simply de-stem and cut up a ripe habanero pepper (use caution! I suggest gloves!) and place into a mason jar with 2-3 cups of your favorite vodka. Age for 3-4 DAYS. Do not age any longer. Trust, me, you will find that to suffice. Feel free to test the batch as it ages, although it will be quite strong. In most cases you will be “watering” the batch down to integrate into the cocktails. Batch will keep for 3-4 months if kept well-sealed.

Build the heat up in your drinks, but remember that you can also always dumb down the heat with more vodka or soda water! Play with your proportions, and you will surely find a combination that will suit you or the one that creates the fire in your heart!

Maple Habanero Cocktail


  • 3 oz Potato vodka (I love Portland Potato Vodka by Eastside Distilling –pictured)
  • ½ oz Homemade habanero infused vodka (see notes)
  • 2 T Pure maple syrup
  • 1 T Fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 oz of Soda water, chilled
  • Course raw sugar (or rimming sugar) (optional)
  • Ice


Combine vodka, pepper-infused vodka, maple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with a few cubes of ice. Cover, hold together with a rag, and shake—a lot. I like to keep things shaking for at least a full minute. If serving with sugar-rimmed glasses, dip the edge of each glass in some extra lime juice (or the inner rind of the lime if you used fresh limes!), and run each part of the rim through the raw sugar. Strain off the ice and fill each glass equally. Fill the rest of the glass with soda water to taste. Consume cold!

Makes 2 Cocktails


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  • Reply Michelle Lahey April 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I love a good spicy cocktail, so this sounds right up my alley! Maple syrup makes everything better, too. 😉

  • Reply Candice | Whole Health Hacks May 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    This looks sooo tasty! Cannot wait to try!

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