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Sous Vide Infused Vodka – Habanero Blast!

Yeah, I’m on a sous vide kick. And since you guys are a bunch of lushes loving my cocktail blog posts, I figured I’d create something cool and exciting for you with my new favorite kitchen toy. How about Sous Vide Infused Vodka – Habanero Style?

Habanero infused vodka sous vide vertical in jar with peppers

When you’re looking for a cocktail wtih a kick, nothing beats pepper infused vodka! But it can be pricey or difficult to find. And making your own used to take weeks or months to get just the right amount of infusion. Well… no more! You can now have Sous Vide Infused Vodka in just a couple of hours. Pick your pepper and bring on the heat!

I like it hot… Habanero hot! Infused vodka that’s teeming with a peppery taste and finish adds a layer of complexity and interest to any savory or spicy vodka drink you’re making. (Bloody Marys sound really good right about now, don’t they?)

How To Make Sous Vide Infused Vodka – Habanero Style

Grab a 750ml bottle of vodka and pour into a gallon sized zip top freezer bag (don’t spill it and don’t throw away the bottle!) Add 1-2 habanero peppers that have been cut into quarters. Get rid of all the air in the bag using the displacement method (see below) and zip the bag closed. Place sous vide circulator in large pot full of water and set the temperature to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature has been reached, clip zippered bag inside the pot, ensuring the bag is submerged except for the zip top. Set timer for 90 minutes. When time is up, pour vodka and habaneros through a fine strainer into a measuring cup. Pour infused vodka back into the original vodka bottle and make sure to label it Habanero Infused Vodka!

  • A note about the peppers – I used 4 habanero peppers the first time I made it, which is great if you don’t really want to feel your tongue or teeth for a little while after you drink it! Habaneros are hot! So a little modification was necessary.

It turns out that using 1 or 2 habanero peppers gives just the right amount of heat. Use 2 if you love the heat. Use 1 if you are kind of a baby prefer a more mild, faint burn. And if you’re a little nervous about the whole pepper idea, then definitely start with 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers because they are more mild than habanero. It’s a great way to start!

Here’s the sous vide circulator I have (and love) if you still trying to decide which one to get!

  • Get Your Ingredients (Habanero or Jalapeño Peppers)
Sous Vide Infused Vodka Bottle with Sous Vide and peppers
  • Pour the full bottle of vodka into a gallon sized zip top bag and add 1-2 quartered habanero or jalapeño peppers. Submerge the bag, leaving one inch of the zippered top open to allow the air to escape. Watch carefully as the air escapes as you further submerge the bag. As soon as the air (or almost all the air) is out of the bag, zip remaining inch of zipper top to fully close the bag.
Sous vide infused vodka habanero in pot with bag
  • Remove sealed bag while you heat the water with your sous vide circulator. Place circulator in the large pot full of water and set the temperature to 145 degrees. When heated, add bag of vodka and peppers and clip to the side. Set timer to 90 minutes and wait for the magic to happen!
Joule Sous Vide in Pot
  • Carefully remove bag when timer is up and pour the contents through a fine strainer into a large measuring cup.
sous vide infused vodka habanero pouring out of bag
sous vide infused vodka peppers in strainer
  • Pour the strained Infused Vodka back into the original bottle or into a decorative bottle of choice. Use this vodka anytime you want an extra kick in your vodka cocktails!
Sous Vide Infused Vodka habanero Jar Vertical

So anytime you want a cocktail with a kick (like spicy bloody marys or this pineapple pepper punch), grab your infused vodka and have a party!

And check out my YouTube video here if you want to see it in action!

If you’re looking for other cool sous vide recipes, check out my Sous Vide Burgers! Yum!

Or if you need a cocktail just waiting for your infused vodka, try this one!

Habanero infused vodka sous vide vertical in jar with peppers
Sous Vide Infused Vodka - Habanero Blast!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 750ml bottle 2 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 750ml bottle 2 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Habanero infused vodka sous vide vertical in jar with peppers
Sous Vide Infused Vodka - Habanero Blast!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 750ml bottle 2 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 750ml bottle 2 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 750ml bottle
Instructions
  1. Pour vodka into a gallon sized zip top freezer bag (don't spill it and don't throw away the bottle!) Add 1-2 habanero peppers that have been cut into quarters. Get rid of all the air in the bag using the displacement method and zip the bag closed. Remove bag from water.
  2. Place sous vide circulator in large pot full of water and set the temperature to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature has been reached, clip zippered bag inside the pot, ensuring the bag is submerged except for the zip top. Set timer for 90 minutes. When time is up, pour vodka and habaneros through a fine strainer into a measuring cup. Pour infused vodka back into the original vodka bottle and make sure to label it Habanero Infused Vodka!

thomas stacy

Sunday 29th of November 2020

theoretically wouldn't you achieve the same results by adding the peppers directly to the bottle and submerging the bottle in the water bath

Heather

Monday 30th of November 2020

Theoretically, yes, but I wouldn't trust liquor bottle glass under heat. I'm sure it would likely be fine, but I'd rather not risk it.