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Devil's Water: Seven pepper infused tequila

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Make your own spicy tequila. It is so hot you will wish for an immediate death. Then, you will experience an exhilarating, natural high. Its not from the alcohol but the hot peppers or maybe its the evil...

Step 1: Gather ingredients

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- First, you must decide what kind of tequila to use as your devil's water base. I like to use 1800. The bottle is perfect; it looks good, the mouth is wider then most bottles, and the tequila tastes great.

- If you want to use a cheaper/different tequila, you might want to get yourself a different glass container, mason jar, or jug for your infusion. If you use a different container, i suggest sanitizing the vessel by boiling or using brewer's sanitizer.

- Next, gather an assortment of hot peppers. All hot peppers contain capsaicinoids. These make peppers taste like burning. The capsaicinoids are located predominately in the white veins and seeds inside the pepper. Scoville units measure the peppers burning qualities. I like to use an assortment of peppers from habaneros (100k-300k scoville units) to the more mild jalapeno (2.5k-5k scoville units). I use about .5 - .75 pounds of peppers for one bottle. The kind and amount can very but keep in mind your devil's water should make you want to cry.
busyinoc1 year ago

So my tequila's infused to my satisfaction, but it seems such a waste to simply toss the peppers. Any thoughts about how they could be used in a subsequent dish?

EdY24 years ago
jproffer4 years ago

herbalists sell these as tinctures.

raindoggs5 years ago

A bar in Austin does this, great for allergies.

how long does it take to infuse? do i need to remove the peppers or can i leave the indefinatly?

ruudcreates6 years ago
Nice one. Here's my version of your Devil's Water. I used Bacardi because I had it available. The peppers I used were bird's eye chili, and as you can see I used a lot of them for less than 0.5 L. The bottle is from Rhodos I think, but I'm not sure. Names for my version still need to come, suggestions are accepted.

Tasted it last night and it was not something I liked. Filled my shot glass only 1 cm but it was more than enought.
tinker2347 years ago
could i make a non alchlic verison
Batness8 years ago
This is fantastic. LOVE hot stuff, what a great idea! Even makes me want to try tequila...
JohnJY9 years ago
Any nonalcoholic recipes or ideas for this?
Batness JohnJY8 years ago
Try making peppered vinegars. It's kinda hard to read an infused TEQUILA Instructable and try for a non-alcoholic anything.
callmeshane9 years ago
Yay!!!!! I think I shall resume being a chronic alcoholic again..... No not really, but the chillie infusion is a great idea. Just a thought.... you could make a really really good massage oil / rubbing alcohol like this.... Just don't get onto your delicate pink bits.
Hey! I know you! I have had this vile substance before. And it was gooooooood. Makes you all sweaty and dizzy.
platdujour10 years ago
rosemary's baby ... very funny.
Mr Criver10 years ago
This is totally my kind of thing. I love spicy foods, grow my own habaneros, Jalapenos and Serranos (and grow so much I don't know what to do with them come harvest time) AND I am a tequila junkie... What better than to literally combine my favorites into something kickass like this. I will try it with an inferior type of tequila though. It's stuff I would never drink (given to me as a party gift) as it is, but maybe it'll grow into something decent after adding the peppers. Thank you for the great Instructable.
bustedit10 years ago
i get pretty pumped off tequila anyway, but i am going to give this a shot (get it! a shot!!) with some cuervo traditionale i won at a benefit lunch. it's supposedly a limited number bottle, but it doesnt taste much better than the sauza blanco we have and certainly doesnt taste as good or smooth as patron, of course. you think i could add cherry or grape tomatoes, raw horseradish and try for the complete bloody mary taste?? i've never seen anyone infuse w tomatoes and i dont wana f up some decent hooch.
aliceownsj0011 years ago
lol I thought it was some kind of flavor add for when you cooked. My uncle would love this idea, he's a big tequila fiend and can eat jarred habaneros like they are candy. lol yeah I believe he has no taste buds anymore haha
Babyshoes11 years ago
Yikes! Good instructable, but I won't be trying it. I have better ways to release endorphins, thanks! (That said, I am a wimp for spicy food, as my stomach doesn't handle it well, and spending hours in the bathroom is a good antidote to endorphins! I can't even eat basic curry as spicy as I would like it. Irritating IBS!)
I ate 6 Habaneros back-to-back one!
pyro1311 years ago
Woah, Way awsome. This would make a great party drink!
Now this is my kind of thing... It occurs to me that this is probably one of the best party drinks ever, people will fear drinking it, it's shootable and drinkable if you like spicy stuff and it puts you in the mood to party...
mrxavia11 years ago
Great instructable, this is something I will have to try!
Sandisk1duo11 years ago
Awesome! Do this with Vodka, the alcohol is more diluted, but you can drink more of it and still drive! What, i didn't know about hot peppers releasing endorphins, that's awesome, i never really noticed until now! Another random fact to add to my ever-growing collection!