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.

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.

Step 2: Slice the Jalapeños
Cut the jalapeños into 1/4 inch slices, discarding the stems.

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.

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.

Step 5: Add Vodka
Pour the vodka into the bottle. Allow the mixture to infuse for 1 to 2 weeks for maximum flavor.