Chilli vodka

Chilli vodka

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(8 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

Nutrition and extra info


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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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5th Mar, 2016
I prefer to add some other hottest pepper from this list. Can I ask why my comment isn't visible?
12th Dec, 2015
This is great - though obviously depends on the type quantity of chillies you use. I wanted something with quite a kick for someone who has extreme chilli tolerance levels I used 4 Thai chillies, sliced lengthways down the centre, to a litre of vodka. The heat and a nice chilli flavour was apparent after a couple of hours. I left it overnight before straining, and have a hot, but not unbearable,drink that would be great as a shot, or make a perfect Bloody Mary base. As I'm giving it as a gift - I'll add whole chilli for decoration later on, as I suspect the heat will continue rising the longer it's in the bottle.
9th Nov, 2013
Made this last Christmas as a gift for various friends. Unfortunately the vodka was ridiculously spicy even though I had it marinating for less time than stated and was only in the cupboard a week before gifting. I used green chillies instead of red, though they weren't very hot ones... I'm not sure what went wrong really! The feedback I had was that it was too hot to drink pleasantly, but did make a good forfeit in christmas or drinking games! It didn't matter too much really, but now my friends are rather wary of my homemade gifts. Going to try the christmas cream liqueur from here this year, I really hope that one can't go wrong!
29th Sep, 2013
Made this last year for presents for a couple of friends that are chilli mad! They both loved it! However, one friend commented it does get hotter with time (over months, not days!)... don't know if this is due to the whole chilli in the bottle or whether that just happens anyway. Will be making again this year for sure :)
9th Dec, 2012
Does anyone know if you can do this with green instead of red chillies? Will it affect the flavour? I have red to pop in the bottles to decorate but my local tesco only had mixed bags of chillies so I have a load of green to use up, and I'd like to use them for this.
27th Sep, 2012
Can anyone help me, I'm trying to figure out if its too early to do these for christmas?
25th Jun, 2012
This is a simple and great recipe. I made mine in a jug - easier for the chillis and for pouring. We used it in Bloody Marys.
4th Jan, 2012
Made this for New Year, using two fat red chillis including the seeds, leaving them soaking for about 4 hours. Perfect hit of chilli but not so hot you couldn't drink it. Stored it in the freezer so it went nice and syrupy. If you like chillis it's very good indeed.
26th Jun, 2011
Tip- dont add 2 dried habaneros and a piri piri and leave for 7 hours.... one chilli would have done. Its like drinking fire- hot but really good. Even better in a chilli bloody mary. No Tabasco needed!
25th Jun, 2011
Ive just added 2 dried habeneros and a dried piri-piri chilli to a bottle of vodka... aiming to serve as super hot bloody mary's or just firey vodka shots... have i gone overboard?


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