How to Infuse Vodka With Jalapenos

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If you're a vodka enthusiast, you should definitely consider infusions. Because vodka has a neutral taste to begin with, it's an excellent base for other flavors. Many extracts, such as vanilla, actually use vodka as their base. All you need is some vodka, a flavoring agent, and a bit of patience. Jalapeño peppers are a fun option for infused vodka because their heat level isn't overpowering, but they have a wonderful pepperiness that will enhance any number of vodka drinks. Think martinis, greyhounds, or a jalapeño-infused Bloody Mary.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 4 jalapeños
  • 750 ml vodka
  • Decorative 750 ml bottle
  • Kitchen-safe gloves

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients and Tools

Technically, all you need for this recipe is a mid-range vodka and some fresh jalapeño peppers. You can store the infusion in the original vodka bottle. However, if you're planning on serving guests, it's nice to buy a decorative glass bottle for serving and storing. These can be found online, at gourmet shops, craft stores, and hardware stores. You also want kitchen-safe gloves to wear while handling the peppers.

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Step 2: Slice the Jalapeños

Cut the jalapeños into 1/4 inch slices, discarding the stems.

Tip

  • Always wear kitchen-safe gloves when handling hot peppers. The natural oils from the peppers can burn your fingers, or worse -- your eyes.

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Step 3: Remove the Seeds

Carefully remove and discard the seeds by pressing them into a bowl. It's OK if a few seeds remain, but keep in mind that seeds aren't ideal in cocktails so you might need to strain them out later.

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Tip

  • Another option is to halve or quarter the peppers instead of slicing them. This will save time, but the rounds look more decorative in the bottle.

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Step 4: Place Jalapeños in the Bottle

Place the slices in a decorative serving bottle. If you're using the original vodka bottle, temporarily transfer the vodka to a large liquid measuring cup or large bowl.

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Step 5: Add Vodka

Pour the vodka into the bottle. Allow the mixture to infuse for 1 to 2 weeks for maximum flavor.

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