Spicy Roasted Cocktail Nuts Recipe

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Spicy Roasted Cocktail Nuts Recipe
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William Geddes

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With just a bit of booze, a kick of spice, and a hint of sweetness, everyday cocktail nuts are easily transformed into this delicious (and addictive!) snack that doesn’t only have to be served during cocktail hour.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 can salted mixed cocktail nuts
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne (or to taste)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the maple syrup and stir in the bourbon. Add the brown sugar and the rosemary. Stir and let simmer for 1 minute. 

Place the nuts in a mixing bowl. Coat with the warm maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle in the cayenne and toss. Spread the nut mixture into a thin layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If desired, add another sprinkle of brown sugar, and roast for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.