Homemade Hot Pepper Vodka

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties. You can now get jalapenos with various heat level and sizes. These can be used in salsas, stuffed, or eaten straight with cheeseburgers (my personal favorite).

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INGREDIENTS:
• 1 bottle (750 milliliters) 80-proof vodka
• 1 red jalapeno pepper, halved
• 1 green jalapeno pepper, halved
• 2 serrano peppers, halved
• 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
• 2 dried hot red peppers
• Peel from 1/2 lemon
• 3-4 red onion rings

PREPARATION: Using a Brita water filter, run the vodka through the filter at least 4 times; set aside the vodka.

Place jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, garlic, dried peppers, lemon peel and onion rings in a clean glass jar with sealable lid. Add filtered vodka. Seal and store in a dark place 1 week to 10 days to infuse flavors.

Strain through an unbleached paper coffee filter. Pour flavored vodka into a clean bottle; seal, store and use as desired.

Makes 1 bottle (750 milliliters).

From the Grand Rapids Press