When you learn how to infuse vodka with peppers, you open the door to making all kinds of kicky cocktails at home. From classic Bloody Marys to Pineapple Pepper martinis, this spicy ingredient will literally turn up the heat on your next party. The actual prep work only takes a matter of minutes, so it’s easy to experiment with different varieties of peppers in different amounts until you create the perfect combination. Then, channel your inner bartender and start creating your own favorite your pepper-infused vodka cocktails!
To infuse vodka with peppers, you’ll need:
- A clear large 48 ounce glass container with an airtight lid
- 750-ml (a standard sized bottle) good quality vodka, in the original bottle
- 3 – 6 fresh peppers (Jalapeno, Cayenne, or Serrano are recommended)
- A sharp paring knife
- A cutting board
- Rubber gloves
- A small strainer or colander
- Before you infuse vodka with peppers, perform your prep work. Put on rubber gloves, and use a sharp paring knife to slice each pepper in half. Then, remove the seeds, which contain most of the pepper’s heat, along with the ribs, and discard them. As you’re working, take care not to touch anything other than your knife and cutting board. The invisible oil that accumulates on your gloves easily transfers to anything you touch, transferring heat right along with it. Your vodka won’t be the only thing infused with peppers! Be particularly careful not to touch your face or eyes during this process. When the peppers have been cleaned, chop them roughly.
- Clean your infusion jar thoroughly and add the chopped peppers. Pour the vodka from its original bottle into the infusion jar. Wash and dry the original vodka bottle and put it in a safe place. Seal your infusion jar, and set it on your kitchen counter, allowing it to steep. It will take between 2 and 5 days to infuse vodka with peppers. Check the mixture after 48 hours, and then check it daily until you’re satisfied with the strength of the pepper flavor. If you let the mixture steep too long and it becomes too spicy, simply add a little more vodka.
- Once you’ve infused your vodka with peppers, prepare it for storage. Using a small strainer or colander, strain the vodka back into its original clean bottle, separating out the peppers. You can discard them or store them in a container in the refrigerator for garnish.
- Keep your vodka infused with peppers in the refrigerator. Chilling the liquid will preserve the flavors for a longer period of time than storing it at room temperature. Serve your pepper-infused vodka in any cocktail of your choosing—or straight up if you think you’re man enough to take it!