How to Make Jalapeño Infused Tequila

Jalapeno Infused Tequila After Two Weeks

JALAPENO INFUSED TEQUILA RECIPE

When a festive cocktail is in order, I think spicy and make jalapeño infused tequila. Select jalapeños which are small or medium in size. The younger peppers will have much more heat than the larger, older ones, which may show signs of shrivelling. Consider starting with only 2 or 3 peppers the first time if you do not want a strong infusion.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • A sharp knife
  • 5-6 small to medium, firm jalapeños cut into rounds
  • 1.5 or 1.75 litre bottle of a quality Tequila
  • Gloves or plastic bags for protection

Ingredients for Jalapeno Infused TequilaYou will need to protect your skin from the oils of the peppers, once you have cut them open. You may not notice oil on your fingers until it is too late. As a contact lens wearer, I learned this lesson the hard way. Wear gloves or simply use plastic bags as “gloves”.

If working with a full bottle of tequila, start by removing at least 1 cup of liquid to make room for the cut peppers. Place the extra tequila in a mason jar, or other container. You can infuse this extra container with some of the peppers, or save it for ‘cutting’ the infused tequila if it ends up with more heat than desired. Let the peppers infuse the tequila overnight. However, they will impart some heat and flavor within just a few hours… if you simply cannot wait to ‘sample it’.

I store the infused Tequila with the peppers intact. But, keep in mind that the Tequila will continue to take on heat and will begin to pick up a slight green tinge from the Jalapeno skins. To avoid this, transfer the infused Tequila into a fresh bottle, filtering out the pepper sections and seeds.

Adding Jalapenos into TequilaThat’s it! You are now set for flavorful Blood Marys, margaritas or whatever other spicy libations you can create. My favorite combination is the infused tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, a dash of simple syrup or agave, muddled cilantro and/or mint leaves and a ginger juice cube. Delicious.

What is your favorite way to use infused tequila? I would love to hear your ideas!

Originally posted on 5.5.13

4 thoughts on “How to Make Jalapeño Infused Tequila

  1. Love this recipe for a Spicy Margarita from Tom Macy, famous NYC bartender. Would be perfect with your jalapeno infused tequila Maribeth!

    Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita
    2 cups jalapeño tequila*
    ¾ cups fresh lime juice
    ¾ cups simple syrup
    2 cups ice
    12-15 cucumber slices (plus more for garnish, optional)
    5-6 sprigs of cilantro (optional, I know not everyone is on team cilantro)

    Method:
    In a bowl muddle the cucumber, and cilantro if you’re using it, in the simple syrup.
    Add remaining ingredients, excluding the ice.
    Let sit for a few minutes up to a few hours.
    Pour into a pitcher through a strainer or cheesecloth. For maximum flavor, bundle the solids in cheesecloth and add it into the pitcher.
    Add the ice and briefly stir.
    To serve, pour into rocks glasses over ice.
    Garnish with cucumber slices.

    Happy Cinco De Mayo!
    Stacey

  2. if you don’t want to go to the trouble of jamming the pepper slices into the narrow neck of the tequila bottle, put the peppers in a wide-mouthed jar, add about 1/3 of the tequila and seal. After a day or two pour the tequila back into the original bottle and discard the peppers. You can drop in a few small pepper tips to remind you that the tequila is infused.

    • I like that! Totally makes sense – especially when you want to store the infused beverage in a bottle you want to keep.

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