By Chef Lippe
Time to fire up the Barbeque and warm up the drinks!
If you are like me and want to explore the spicy side of mixed drinks you can make your own spice infused vodka. Less is better here so start with only one pepper. How hot and spicy your mix is will also depend on the pepper you chose. I have chosen habanero which is a extremely hot pepper (Scoville Heat Units of 150,000 to 300,000). By doing this you will learn how jalapenos, habaneros, and hot sauces react when mixed. Once the vodka is infused add it to a sweet mixer like mango, orange or even grapefruit juice over ice. You will notice that pairing the spicy element with sweeter mixers puts out a bit of the fire but warms the soul.
- 1 medium sized bulb of garlic
- 1 small habanero pepper
- 750ml bottle of premium vodka
- infusion jar with tight sealing lid
- Separate the garlic into cloves and remove the skins.
- Rinse the habanero pepper to remove any unwanted chemicals. Use the pepper whole or cut it in half, removing all seeds.
- Place the garlic and habanero pepper into a clean quart-sized mason jar.
- Fill the jar with vodka.
- Secure the lid on the jar and shake well.
- Store the infusion in a dark place at room temperature for 3 days.
- Strain the vodka through a coffee filter into a separate container.
- Store as you would any other vodka.
Infusing spirits with flavor is a great way to experiment with your own personal tastes. The basic concept is to marry a variety of choice flavors into a base liquor to create a custom-flavored spirit. Vodka is the most common base spirit used and the other light spirits (gin, sake, and light rum) can also be used for almost any flavor.
Have fun trying out your new skills on your friends and remember to stock up on lots of peppers @ shop.Cheflippe.com