Learn how to make pepper infused vodka for full flavored cocktails. A spicy pepper vodka recipe is made simple by using jalapeno infused vodka.

Learn how to make pepper infused vodka with various peppers.

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Why and How to Make Pepper Infused Vodka

I have this knack for infusing my own alcohol. The product purchased at your local market does not compare to one made within the comfort of your home. Is the process easy? Absolutely!

With a store purchased item one does not full flavor of the item, take for example, homemade Irish cream liqueur. The recipe on my website is bold, creamy, and you can taste the flavor of the Irish whiskey. The product at the market does not compare to what can be made at home.

Whether you are consuming these items yourself, gifting them, or bartering for a product or serve you are missing out if you do not try one or two of the items listed below.

Homemade infused alcohol

Here’s a list of adult beverages made here on the homestead, and mind you, they are very full in flavor.

  • homemade Irish cream liqueur
  • apple pie moonshine
  • copycat cinnamon whiskey
  • raspberry cordial
  • candy cane infused vodka
  • limoncello


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In addition to the homemade beverages mentioned above, season shrubs for the perfect cocktail has been necessary as well. The nice thing about homemade shrubs, they make perfect mocktails. Mix a small amount of the fruit flavored drinking vinegar into sparkling water or ginger ale and you have a very refreshing beverage.

  • pineapple ginger
  • peach
  • spiced apple
  • cranberry ginger citrus
  • pear

Homemade Cocktails

Now that you have successfully filled your pantry with home infused alcohol, it’s time to learn how to use what you have created. The Pantry to Table Cocktail Recipe book provides you some of the best recipes around. In true homesteading fashion, many of the ingredients are gathered from the garden or the pantry.

Grab your copy of the Pantry to Table Cocktails recipe book here. Cheers!

An easy pepper vodka recipe can be used in homemade Bloody Mary

Homemade Pepper Vodka Recipe

Prior to beginning, here are some important tips to keep in mind –

The first thing one needs to know about infusing alcohol is this, the higher the proof the longer the items will store for you. Ideally infused alcohol requires 80 proof or higher. However, apple pie moonshine uses 180 proof grain alcohol due to the amount of sugar used in this recipe.

Secondly, a premier brand is not necessary to use. A shelf brand is just as good, but I personally prefer a smooth premier brand when creating infused items.

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Finally, selecting the best pepper to create this spicy vodka concoction. The type of pepper you choose will depend on how spicy you’d like your pepper infused vodka to be. Here is a list of peppers, starting from the hottest which we’ve used to create this infused vodka –

  • ghost
  • habanero
  • Thai chili
  • jalapeno and serrano

The easiest version of this recipe would be jalapeno infused vodka as jalapenos are readily available in most markets.

copy of pantry to table cocktail recipes 2


  • 1 large jalapeno peppers or pepper of your choice
  • 1 1.75 liter vodka, I prefer Tito’s handmade vodka (made in Austin, TX)


  • 1 quart size mason jar
  • plastic lid for quart size jar
  • 1 32 ounce swing top bottle
  • fine mesh sieve
  • stainless steel bottle funnel


The instruction for how to make pepper infused vodka is extremely simple. This method can also be used to infuse berries and many other fruits.

  1. Wash peppers well. Remove the stem end and cut peppers into halves or quarters the long way. For a less spicy vodka flavor, remove seeds.
  2. Add peppers to the quart size mason jar
  3. Fill jar with Tito’s vodka leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Add plastic lid and store in a cool dark location for 2 weeks.
  4. Using the fine mesh sieve and stainless steel bottle funnel, strain the liquid.
  5. Stored strained pepper infused vodka in a cool dark location.

Tasty Cocktails

There are quite a few cocktails which call for the use of pepper infused vodka. Regardless of how you use it I can promise this, it will be the best pepper flavored vodka you will ever consume!

  • Bloody Mary (reserve and can the extra liquid from making (and canning) salsa. Make sure to add a few stalks of my home canned pickled asparagus as well.
  • The Canadian Pepper calls for the use of either home brewed or store bought kombucha in addition to this pepper vodka recipe.

Canadian Pepper Cocktail

  • 2 ounces homemade pepper vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 3 ounce kombucha
  • 1 slice of lemon
  1. Fill the cocktail glass with ice. In a separate cup, muddle a slice of lemon.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon. Next, the homemade pepper infused vodka, maple syrup, and kombucha into a cocktail shaker, continue to shake until the maple syrup has dissolved. Add the shaken mixture to the cocktail glass.
  3. Add the the muddled slice of lemon as garnishment.

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