by Kate Malin

Only two ingredients go into MixedMade’s Trees Knees Spicy Syrup: Grade A maple syrup and chili peppers. To create this syrup, MixedMade founder Casey Elsass hand selects barrels of organic maple syrup from Catskill Mountain Sugar House in upstate New York then infuses each batch with a balanced mix of fresh chili peppers. Everything is handmade by Casey in Brooklyn, New York and hand bottled by his small production team. The process may sound simple, but the result is a sweet and seriously spicy syrup that can truly be eaten on anything. Casey loves the smooth syrup poured over chicken and waffles, mixed into a spicy Old Fashioned, or drizzled onto fruit and ice cream.

MixedMade, which began as a business experiment, has grown by leaps and bounds since its launch in 2014. They have expanded from making just one product, Bees Knees Spicy Honey, to three products, and they have six more new offerings in the pipeline for the coming year. As the business grows, Casey and his team continue to turn out innovative, eye-wateringly hot sauces and syrups, free of additives or chemicals, all sourced from the best ingredients that New York has to offer.

MixedMade is a proud member of the Good Food Merchants Guild and a Finalist in this year’s Good Food Awards. The winners will be announced on January 15. Readers in the San Francisco area will have the chance to meet crafters, sample their products, and take home 80 of this year’s Winners by visiting the Good Food Awards Marketplace on Sunday, January 17. More information and tickets ($5) are available here. MixedMade Trees Knees Spicy Syrup is available at and in stores across the country.


From her grassroots work at the Good Food Awards to her continued education at NYU’s Food Studies Master’s Program, Kate Malin brings an unparalleled passion for great food and good people.

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