Step 1: Gather Ingredients
- 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.
Step 2: Wash
- If you are doing the infusion in a different vessel, it's time to sanitize.
- Also, wash those peppers.
Step 3: Prep Your Peppers
Time to cut your peppers. I suggest cutting them small enough to fit in the bottle and to later remove them if necessary. Cut the stems off, but do not cut out the vein and the seeds. This is where most of the heat is located. If you want pepper flavored tequila with no punch, just leave my instructable now!!
Step 4: What About the Evil??
You have already procured the evil. The evil lives inside all hot peppers... it tastes like burning.
Step 5: Step 5
Now, you need to pour out enough tequila to make room for your peppers. You have decisions to make.
- Drink it!
- You can experiment with a different infusion. Anything with oils can be used to infuse alcohol: fruits, nuts, herbs, and even meat!! Strong flavors will only need a couple of days to infuse like a hot pepper. Softer flavors can take 1 - 4 weeks to properly infuse. This is where you get to experiment and taste test. Keep your experiment in a cool, dark place during the process. Shake and taste every couple of days.
I decided to experiment with a blueberry tequila. I will let you know how that worked out.
Step 6: 66 Put the Evil in the Water
Time to put your peppers in the tequila. Let them marinate in a cool, dark place. They will be sufficiently hot to be called devil's water after a few days. You can strain out peppers with a sieve and cheesecloth or a coffee filer. Fill your bottle back up using a funnel. OR just let the peppers brood for weeks making your devil's water hotter and hotter.
Step 7: Reactions
Warning: Your devil's water will make people sweat, cry, gag, prostrate, or possibly pee their pants
It will not only taste great. Hot peppers release endorphins. This will make you feel wonderful and alive. Thank you brain.
Also, try making a delicious bloody mary with tequila... the rosemary's baby.
1 Glass of tomato juice with ice
1 shot of devil's water
1 teaspoon of celery salt
2 teaspoons of horseradish
3 dashes of Worcestershire
Garnish with pickled green beans or pickled jalapenos