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

- 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

- Remove the label from your bottle. I just use hot water and voila.

- If you are doing the infusion in a different vessel, it's time to sanitize.

- Also, wash those peppers.

Step 3: Prep Your Peppers

Remember: where gloves when cutting hot peppers. the oils will stay on your hand for hours. you want your mouth to burn... not your eyes.

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



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    21 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago on Step 7

    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?

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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is fantastic. LOVE hot stuff, what a great idea! Even makes me want to try tequila...


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Try making peppered vinegars. It's kinda hard to read an infused TEQUILA Instructable and try for a non-alcoholic anything.


    10 years ago on Step 7

    Hey! I know you! I have had this vile substance before. And it was gooooooood. Makes you all sweaty and dizzy.

    Mr Criver

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!)

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    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...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable, this is something I will have to try!