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Hot Pepper and Garlic Infused Vodka

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spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.
spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

You should come over for brunch simply to drink a spicy Bloody Mary made with hot pepper infused vodka.  I started infusing vodkas about five years ago when I moved downtown near the River Market neighborhood in Kansas City.  Every weekend, the River Market is consumed by locals perusing the biggest farmers market in the city, or the ‘City Market’.  There are flowers, fresh fruits, homemade jams, local salsas, vintage items, spices, tons of veggies; you name it – it’s probably sold throughout the weekend at the City Market.  

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

I lived only a block away, so I took advantage of local produce and really started to understand the true value of buying local.  However, I would buy so many fruits and veggies that I would often find way too many of them going bad before I had a chance to eat them.  Luckily, I had recently been introduced to vodka infusions through my serving job at a local restaurant during that time.  So, I got the idea to start infusing my own combinations of fruits and veggies with vodkas!  Since then, I’ve gone through quite a few flavor ideas for different infusions.  The one infusion I still make to this day, however, is hot pepper infused vodka. 

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

This shit has the ability to carry some heat.  You can lessen the heat by removing the seeds and membranes of the peppers (like I did in the photo above).  By removing the seeds and membranes, you get more of the “pepper” taste in the vodka.  There’s also plenty of garlic flavor to go around.  Because … my life is garlic.  Just a bunch of garlic.  <3 

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

I’ve always used Serrano peppers to make hot pepper infused vodka, but most recently switched to Calabrian peppers to spice things up. (Ha!  Ugh.  Sorry.)  

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

Use your favorite hot peppers if you like, or try a Calabrian.  Thinly slice every pepper, and then thinly slice the garlic, and drop all of it into a glass bottle with a few peppercorns.  Then, pour the vodka directly into the bottle on top of the peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns.  (A funnel works best for this step.  And be sure the bottle is able to seal tightly!) 🙂 

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

Seal this bad boy up and store it in a dark area for at least 48 hours.  I made this on June 13, then I let it infuse for one week.  After the week of infusing, I strained the infused vodka into a glass measuring cup, then discarded of the peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns from my infusion bottle.  (Just shake the bottle ferociously until they are forced out, or use your finger to drag them out of the neck of the bottle.)

I then poured the strained vodka back into the original bottle, and store it for future weekends. 🙂 Of course, hot pepper infused vodka makes for a killer Bloody Mary.  We love making a good Bloody Mary when we stay in for brunch on the weekends, and having this vodka really sends any Bloody Mary over the top.

spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into vodka to create an awesome vodka infusion for bloody mary cocktails! hot pepper infused vodka : a flavor journal | food blog.

Cheers to your Sunday brunch, and to your own hot pepper infused vodka!

a flavor journal | sara rose

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hot pepper infused vodka

seriously spicy peppers, garlic, and black peppercorns are infused into distilled vodka to create a killer hot pepper infused vodka that's perfect for bloody mary cocktails!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Author: sara rose : a flavor journal.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 jalapeno
  • 1/2 Calabrian pepper halved lengthwise
  • 15-20 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

Instructions

  • Slice the jalapeño into four slices, each about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the membranes and seeds, so you only have actual green part of the pepper remaining.
  • Slice the half of the Calabrian pepper into thin strips, lengthwise, until the entire half is cut into strips. They should also be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Slice the garlic clove into pieces small enough to drop into the bottle.
  • In a glass bottle with a top that can tightly seal, drop in all pepper slices, garlic, and peppercorns. Pour vodka into the bottle through a funnel. Seal tightly, and store in a dark place for at least one week. Or at least 48 hours if you're in a rush. 🙂
  • Taste with caution!
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