How to Infuse Alcohol with Chili Peppers – A Guide
Learn how to infuse alcoholic beverages with chili peppers to bring a spicy kick and flavor to your favorite drinks. Includes several powerful recipes.
Chili peppers go great with any type of food and you can highlight them in so many ways. Recently, a trend is to infuse alcoholic drinks with chili peppers, which is a trend we greatly enjoy.
You can do this at home. The process is very similar to infusing vinegar with chili pepper heat and flavor.
How to Infuse Alcohol with Chili Peppers
In general, 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.
The Infusing Process
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.
Your choices of alcohol are limitless, but popular choices are tequila, vodka, and even wine. 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 anywhere from several hours to 3 or 4 weeks.
The longer you let the peppers steep in the alcohol, the more chili pepper flavor and heat you will get, though eventually, the peppers can begin to break down if they are left in long enough.
To Strain or Not to Strain
If you want your pepper infused booze to last longer, strain out the chili peppers and cap the bottle. This will let you keep the alcohol for much longer, to be used in all of your favorite cocktail recipes.
Can I Infuse a Single Drink with Peppers?
Absolutely. One of my favorite spicy sippers is to take a half of a superhot chili pepper, such as a Carolina Reaper or a Brain Strain and add it to a shaker with several ounces of either vodka or tequila. Give it a few shakes. Let it steep for a couple minutes if you’d like.
The superhots will infuse heat very quickly, so be forewarned. Pour your shot or drink and enjoy. It’s a nice level of heat!
Try this Scorpion Tongue Vodka Shot Recipe. Nice and spicy!
Serving Up Your Pepper Infused Booze
Chili Pepper infused alcohol is great for mixed drinks like the famous Bloody Mary or the wonderful Margarita, though they also work great to incorporate into sauces and other meals.
Sometimes I enjoy a very simple tequila that has been infused with fresh jalapeno peppers. Absolutely delicious.
Try These Infused and Other Spicy Cocktail Recipes
- Scorpion Tongue Vodka Shot Recipe
- Habanero Moonshine
- Quick Chili Infused Pineapple Vodka Cocktail
- Spicy Cocktail Recipes