West African Peanut Punch

Serves 6

Ice and fire, courtesy of chile-infused honey, come together in this bourbon-based sipper

Photo: Beatriz da Costa

You’ve never had anything like this rich bourbon cocktail. The peanut base makes it creamy, spicy, and salty.


    • ¾ cup roasted peanuts

    • 1 ½ cups bourbon

    • ¼ cup chile honey (store bought, or you can make your own by warming 1 cup honey with 1 tbsp. chile powder for 5 minutes and then letting it cool)

    • Roasted peanuts, for garnish


  1. Put the peanuts and 2 cups water in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth.

  2. Strain into a large chilled pitcher. Stir in the bourbon and honey, making sure the honey is completely dissolved.

  3. Serve over ice and garnish with roasted peanuts.

Excerpted from BETWEEN HARLEM AND HEAVEN by JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls. Copyright © 2018. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved.