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By: Enrique Gili on May 8, 2014, 11:39 a.m.
Pepper vodka

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Pepper Vodka

Wickedly potent, pepper vodka starts out fiery and mellows with time.

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Total time: 2 days minimum, 1 week at the most

Pepper Vodka


  • 1 cherry bomb pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cups mid-priced vodka
  1. Slice cherry bomb pepper into small sections. Cut serrano pepper and jalapeno pepper lengthwise, making a deep incision. Place in a large sealable glass jar. Add vodka and gently shake. Place in a cool dark place for 48 hours. Taste and let steep for up to 1 week for optimal flavor. Shake on occasion.
  2. Using a metal sieve, strain contents into a 1-quart jar. Store up to six months in cool dark place or freezer indefinitely. Pepper vodka makes an excellent addition to Bloody Mary cocktails.