"The Retox" Cocktail Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

You may have heard of the popular “master cleanse,” which combines lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a regimen of detox.  After working on a story about Maple syrup, the staff at Saveur found themselves with a plethora of maple syrup.  After a handle of Knob Creek’s new Single Barrel Reserve arrived in the office, it was simply a matter of time before the two combined in a rocks glass.  Behold The Retox, an alcoholic version of the popular cleanse.

Courtesy of Saveur.com


Prep Details

Servings: 3 drinks


6 oz bourbon, such as Knob Creek Single-Barrel Reserve

2 tbsp medium maple syrup

2 tsp extra light maple syrup

2 droppersful of maple bitters

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp cayenne pepper

3 tbsp maple sugar

seltzer, to fill


Photo: saraicat

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Mix the first five ingredients with the ice in the shaker. Mix the cayenne and maple sugar in a bowl, and pour the contents onto a dessert plate, spreading them out in a wide circle.

2. Wet the rim of a rocks glass; roll the rim in the cayenne mixture to coat. Fill the glass halfway with ice. Strain 1/3 of the bourbon mixture into the glass, and top it off with soda water. Stir.

3. Repeat for two more drinks.