Chilli vodka

Chilli vodka

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Plus marinating


Makes 1 litre

This fun gift takes just a few minutes to prepare, perfect for adding some kick to a Bloody Mary, or just enjoying over ice

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  • 2 fat red chillies, plus extra for bottling
  • 1l vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…


  1. Slice the chillies and mix with the vodka in a large bottle or jug. Leave for 4-5 hrs. Strain out the chillies and pour back into a bottle to store until needed. Just before giving away, decant into smaller glass bottles, pop a whole chilli in each and label.

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1st Jan, 2011
Made this as presents for my brother and Uncle, but did it in two seperate batches. My brother's I did for about the right time of "marinating", and he said it was quite nice, and a bearable heat. My Uncle's got accidentally left over night (I forgot about it!), and lets just say this had more of a kick to it! I left the seeds in. The chillis in the supermarket were too fat to put in the bottles I had (500ml each), so I bobbed a birds eye chilli in each bottle instead which worked fine. Definitely one to do again - maybe as stag do gifts or amusing birthday presents.
6th Dec, 2010
Here's a question! I stuck some chillies in a bottle of vodka around a year ago and then forgot all about it. Will it be ok to drink now? I'm scared of the potential chilli power!
1st Dec, 2010
Made this last year and will be doing it again.. Left it a little longer and it got stronger - don't sniff it too hard it goes straight to your eyes. Really tasty & made a great gift.
30th Nov, 2010
Oooooh this is a definate for the Christmas Hamper i am doing for my sisters and their partners and my parents.
30th Nov, 2010
Oooooh this is a definate for the Christmas Hamper i am doing for my sisters and their partners and my parents.
30th Nov, 2010
Melek I don't think it is possible for the volume to increase. It sounds to me like your son may have had a little taste (LOL) and topped it back up! I am just about to make some!
29th Nov, 2010
Made this last week and left it for a week before straining and pouring into bottle. Very nippy! However a strange thing happened which I am hoping someone can give me an answer for. When bottling my vodka, I have more than the 1 litre that I put into the jar. How can this be as it is only vodka and chillies. I did wonder if my 16 year old son had drank some and put in some water to replace it! Would be grateful for any comments.
26th Nov, 2010
I wanted a really strong flavour - bit of a kick! So I used 3 small chillis (including seeds) and left for a week - WOW, what a flavour! Couldn't drink too much in one go, but great for parties as shots :0) If it's in a well sealed bottle it should last 6 months.
26th Nov, 2010
Do you include the seeds when putting the sliced chillies into the Vodka to marinate.
26th Nov, 2010
Will the IKEA bottles survive in a suitcase as I'm travelling to meet the family for Christmas and this zingy vodka would have to go in the hold?


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