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Posted: 5/4/2015 12:51:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/4/2015 12:52:31 PM EDT by Balog]
Should I buy something pre-flavored or just make my own? I'm thinking it'd be cheaper and probably taste better to get a handle of Kirkland brand, pour off a couple shots, drop some peppers in there, and let the alcohol do its solventy magic. However, that's a lot of booze that might go to waste if it turns out badly.

ETA incoming pole

Link Posted: 5/4/2015 1:02:36 PM EDT
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I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 1:06:02 PM EDT
Make your own. And especially for Habenero, and depending on how hot your Jalapenos are, no point in using top-shelf.


I made Habenero vodka with Stoli. I let it steep for 4 days, strained a few times through folded cheesecloth (get ALL the solids out!), and holy fuck were those some hot and tasty Bloody Marys.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 1:06:12 PM EDT
kinda related... there is some Habanero beer that I tried
just didn't do anything for me.. I like the flavor when it's in food, but just seemed overpowering/offputting
in a drink...
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kinda related... there is some Habanero beer that I tried
just didn't do anything for me.. I like the flavor when it's in food, but just seemed overpowering/offputting
in a drink...
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Mayan Mocha? Love the stuff. Goes REALLY well with a fat t-bone.

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Make your own. Since you have no worry about bacteria and whatnot, I'd add some peppers, wait a week, try it. If not hot enough, add more.

I make a jalapeno mead(honey wine), and one spicy jalapeno is enough to make a gallon of mead pretty spicy. But I let that sit a month or 2
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Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.
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Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.
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Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.
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Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.


As others have posted, for Bloody Marys.

Re habanero beer, Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin was absolutely transcendent. I wish I was able to buy it as a regular item.
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Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Make your own. And especially for Habenero, and depending on how hot your Jalapenos are, no point in using top-shelf.


I made Habenero vodka with Stoli. I let it steep for 4 days, strained a few times through folded cheesecloth (get ALL the solids out!), and holy fuck were those some hot and tasty Bloody Marys.
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I had no idea it was that easy to infuse - might have to try that. Thanks!
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Mayan Mocha? Love the stuff. Goes REALLY well with a fat t-bone.

http://i.imgur.com/MRrd6G3.jpg?1
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Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Originally Posted By RED_5:
kinda related... there is some Habanero beer that I tried
just didn't do anything for me.. I like the flavor when it's in food, but just seemed overpowering/offputting
in a drink...


Mayan Mocha? Love the stuff. Goes REALLY well with a fat t-bone.

http://i.imgur.com/MRrd6G3.jpg?1



That sounds interesting. Do you buy straight from them?
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That sounds interesting. Do you buy straight from them?
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Originally Posted By akethan:
Originally Posted By Tomislav:
Originally Posted By RED_5:
kinda related... there is some Habanero beer that I tried
just didn't do anything for me.. I like the flavor when it's in food, but just seemed overpowering/offputting
in a drink...


Mayan Mocha? Love the stuff. Goes REALLY well with a fat t-bone.

http://i.imgur.com/MRrd6G3.jpg?1



That sounds interesting. Do you buy straight from them?



I'd love to head over to the brewery, but its the other side of the state. We can get it at a few local shops, and a couple local bars (Tom's Oyster Bar in downtown RO, for example) started carrying Odd Side stuff.

Link Posted: 5/4/2015 1:27:47 PM EDT
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
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Originally Posted By Subnet:
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
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Do you like Bloody Marys? Zesty flavorful Bloody Marys?


Of course you do. Everybody does! A nice spicy-hot vodka makes for a VERY nice Bloody Mary.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 1:33:26 PM EDT
Just add siracha to your drink.
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For the record; I wish my Costco sold liquor
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Originally Posted By Balog:


As others have posted, for Bloody Marys.

Re habanero beer, Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin was absolutely transcendent. I wish I was able to buy it as a regular item.
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Originally Posted By Balog:
Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.


As others have posted, for Bloody Marys.

Re habanero beer, Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin was absolutely transcendent. I wish I was able to buy it as a regular item.


Meh, to each is own.
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Originally Posted By Subnet:
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
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You should try some of this stuff: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/st-elmos-fire-review/

The combination of cinnamon and cayenne peppers is really good IMO.
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Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
You should try some of this stuff: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/st-elmos-fire-review/

The combination of cinnamon and cayenne peppers is really good IMO.
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Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
Originally Posted By Subnet:
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
You should try some of this stuff: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/st-elmos-fire-review/

The combination of cinnamon and cayenne peppers is really good IMO.

I'll try anything once.
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Originally Posted By Subnet:

I'll try anything once.
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Originally Posted By Subnet:
Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
Originally Posted By Subnet:
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
You should try some of this stuff: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/st-elmos-fire-review/

The combination of cinnamon and cayenne peppers is really good IMO.

I'll try anything once.
I tried it on a lark, and was pleasantly surprised at how rich and complex the flavor is.
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saw this at the grocery store the other day, next to the Jalapeno version


of course I bought a couple


Link Posted: 5/4/2015 2:05:29 PM EDT
Make your own, take a handle of vodka & pop off the top. Cut the peppers into slivers & remove all seeds, then slide it all in the bottle, throw it in the freezer for 24 hours & it will be good to go.

Things Needed:
-(1) Bell pepper
-(2) Jalapenos

or

(1) Habanero
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Originally Posted By ATLDiver:


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.
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Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.


That is interesting. We just got a Costco, so I wasn't up on their liquor. Apparently their Bourbon may come from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace, so I may have to check them out.
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That is interesting. We just got a Costco, so I wasn't up on their liquor. Apparently their Bourbon may come from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace, so I may have to check them out.
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Originally Posted By testify4:
Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.


That is interesting. We just got a Costco, so I wasn't up on their liquor. Apparently their Bourbon may come from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace, so I may have to check them out.
All their Kirkland brand liquors are great. Their bourbon is a great price for the quality and over proof. I also buy their white tequila, great over ice with a little lime.

If you like margaritas, the Costco Margarita with the alcohol already in it is phenomenal. Due to it being mixed you can keep it in the fridge/freezer and pour over a couple cubes, no blending or dilution. You can't mix them yourself cheaper. Plenty strong and tasty, highly addicting and convenient.
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I'll try anything once.
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Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
Originally Posted By Subnet:
That combo seems terrible to me. Chili pepper flavors in booze?
You should try some of this stuff: http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2013/05/26/st-elmos-fire-review/

The combination of cinnamon and cayenne peppers is really good IMO.

I'll try anything once.

Link Posted: 5/4/2015 3:03:21 PM EDT
Whenever I grow cayenne peppers I load a bunch up in a bottle of Seagrams vodka. Makes the best Bloody Mary ever.

I would think that the Habenneros would make it to hot to enjoy with as much vodka as I put in a Bloody Mary.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 3:15:43 PM EDT
had some jalapeno infused tequila once...
they made margaritas with it
first one was great but they get gross after the second one lol

I imagine it works better for a bloody mary

tried Jalapeno beer once and it was disgusting
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 3:20:31 PM EDT
Does infusing it in the vodka actually do something special that putting some hot sauce or peppers into the bloody Mary mix doesn't do? Or is the novelty of peppered vodka part of the appeal?

I've heard infusing vodka with black peppercorns gives a good gentle heat that doesnt linger too long and good flavor. Never tried it so can't say for sure. Its a thought. The flavor of black pepper would really compliment a bloody Mary I bet.
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Does infusing it in the vodka actually do something special that putting some hot sauce or peppers into the bloody Mary mix doesn't do? Or is the novelty of peppered vodka part of the appeal?

I've heard infusing vodka with black peppercorns gives a good gentle heat that doesnt linger too long and good flavor. Never tried it so can't say for sure. Its a thought. The flavor of black pepper would really compliment a bloody Mary I bet.
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The alcohol acts like a solvent over time to extract the oils, in a way that just dropping the peppers into a drink would not.
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That is interesting. We just got a Costco, so I wasn't up on their liquor. Apparently their Bourbon may come from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace, so I may have to check them out.
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Originally Posted By testify4:
Originally Posted By ATLDiver:
Originally Posted By testify4:
I'd infuse your own, but use something a little cleaner like a cheap Skyy or decent Tito's.

You can get Vodka infusers with a little spigot, but then it gets to be a thing. I usually just make pepper flavored vodka for some good Bloody Marys by adding right to the bottle.


Kirkland Vodka is Grey Goose btw so we're not talking Popov here. Their American vodka is almost as good and about half the price; I've made my own limoncello using that stuff.

Not sure why the op would want 'hot' vodka, just doesn't compute.


That is interesting. We just got a Costco, so I wasn't up on their liquor. Apparently their Bourbon may come from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace, so I may have to check them out.


Their Bourbon is 'ok,' a touch sweet for my tastes but it's a great (and cheap) use for Bourbon and Coke/Sour/etc. Oh and for origins I believe it's from Beam's group not BT. Their Bourbon is the most under-whelming of their private-label stuff but I haven't tried their Gin yet. Their Vodka, Tequila and Single Malt offerings are first-rate.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 4:11:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Balog:
Should I buy something pre-flavored or just make my own? I'm thinking it'd be cheaper and probably taste better to get a handle of Kirkland brand, pour off a couple shots, drop some peppers in there, and let the alcohol do its solventy magic. However, that's a lot of booze that might go to waste if it turns out badly.

ETA incoming pole

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Make your own. Experiment with cheap brands in 750ml bottles, so if you can't stand it you don't lose too much. Even if you don't like it, you can always surprise your buddies.

I'd skip the jalapenos, they give the vodka a kind of grassy taste that I personally found unpleasant.

Start with one habanero, more if you have some tolerance. Use a fresh pepper, dried ones aren't as good.

Let it sit for a minimum of two weeks, then try it out...and report back.

Link Posted: 5/4/2015 4:31:14 PM EDT
I infused 186 proof shine with habaneros once, it made a lot of bikers at sturgis cry.

If you are going to do hab, I would suggest to limiting the soaking for 1-2 weeks I did whole habs that I grew in the garden maybe 8-10 in a gallon. Mine was tolerable after a week but turned into liquid fire after about a month. With the uncut peppers you get more time to evaluate the heat level you want if you cut them its going to get hot very quickly. Remember alcohol's evaporative properties will disperse the capsaicin through your mouth rapidly and make it rather hot.
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