In honor of National Tequila Day!
Tequila is wonderful for Margaritas and other drinks, but it is even better when infused with chili peppers. Chili pepper heat can be infused into alcoholic beverages easily, and tequila is one of the most popular candidates.
How to Infuse Tequila with Chili Peppers
Always choose the freshest chili peppers for your infusions. Dried chili peppers also work great. Wash the peppers and slit them lengthwise so they do not float. You can also chop them into smaller pieces for a stronger infusion. Habanero peppers are ideal for infusions as they pack a great deal of heat and flavor, but you can realistically use any type of chili pepper, like the fabulous jalapeno or the smoky chipotle pepper.
Slice the chili peppers and drop them down the neck of the bottle you wish to infuse. You may need to make a bit of room. The amount of chili peppers will depend on your preference, though you can use anywhere from 1 chili peppers for a milder infusion to a dozen for a flavor blast. 2 to 3 peppers are typical. The chili peppers will eventually sink and your infused alcohol will be ready for consumption in 3 to 4 weeks.