Killer Bee




Introduction: Killer Bee

About: I like to tinker. I'm a co-founder and active participant of my local hackerspace: Hack42 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. You can also find me on under the name Moem.

Killer Bee is booze for the brave! If you like it hot, then this is for you. If not, stay away, because this bee packs a punch!

This is a great way to make boring, bland cheap wodka into a sweet, spicy surprise. It makes a great gift, as well.

If you've never ventured into the fun craft of steeping/infusing liquors, this is a great start because it's easy and the result is bold rather than subtle! Give it a try, you may surprise yourself. It was a first for me, too.

Step 1: Ingredients

You'll need only three ingredients. Easy, right?

  • The cheapest wodka you can get. Abandon all shame and pretence, and just go with the lowest priced bottle. If you're in Germany, you're in luck: just head to the nearest supermarket and part with 5 euros.
  • Red chilli peppers. One or more, depending on Scoville rating and personal preference.
  • Honey. Liquid is best, as it's easier to mix in.


  • Printer paper (sticky if you can get it) and a printer to make a nice label.

Step 2: Undress to Impress

Get rid of the cheap nasty labels on your cheap nasty bottle of wodka. Use any means necessary: hot water and soap, turpentine, whatever it takes.

Step 3: Under the Knife

Put your pepper(s) on a chopping board and make cuts all along one side. Cut only halfway through so the pepper stays in one piece, for easier removal later.

If you get any pepper juice on your fingers, remove with cooking oil first, soap and water next. Whatever you do, don't rub your eyes... and for the love of all that's small and fuzzy, do not make the painful rookie mistake that male novice cooks all seem to make at least once. It's a toilet thing. 'Nuff said.

Step 4: Unleash the Beast... or the Bees

Open the bottle of wodka. Pour yourself a glass to make room, and to remind yourself how bland and boring the stuff really is... for now. Pop your pepper(s) into the bottle. Screw the cap back on and give it a shake.

The hardest part of this project is what comes next: waiting and letting it steep! It will take at least a week for the capsaicin to dissolve and spice up your wodka. Several weeks won't do any harm either.
The pepper may lose colour, the wodka will probably turn yellow; this is normal. Try a tiny bit now and then so you know it's still doable; if you overshoot the mark and find that the stuff is simply too hot to handle, dilute with straight wodka so that it's possible to drink it in little sips.

Once your wodka is spicy enough for your tastes, but not too spicy to drink, remove the pepper(s).

Step 5: Sweeten the Deal

Add liquid honey to taste and stir or shake well. Start off with no more than one spoon: it's meant to round off the taste, not to turn your wodka into a liqueur. Taste a sip before adding more.

Then again, if you think you'll like it better with more honey, knock yourself out. As we say in the Netherlands, it's your party. You can always try it out in a small glass and see what works for you, before adding it to the whole batch.

Step 6: Buzz Included

That's it. That's all. You have now effectively turned that cheap and boring wodka into something spicy, sweet and VERY warming. This bottle is guaranteed to give you a nice buzz (har har). Share it with friends, otherwise what's the point? It's an especially great campfire drink. But be sure to warn people in advance! Friends don't give friends anaphylactic shock and capsaicin intolerance is no laughing matter.

Oh, and of course, as a nice touch (especially if you intend to give it away) a special label is a great idea. Here's the one I used; feel free to print as needed, or adapt, or whatever you like.

Enjoy! And keep in mind: responsible bees don't drink and fly.

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    I just take the second shot of this liquor (I finish doing a month ago, according to your excellent recipe) and really was very, very good. I made a lot of 6 bottles but my friends and family, become robbed me or drank !, and there was only for me (obviously, hidden...). Thanks for your generous recipe. I must say, Moem, which slightly modified your recipe. Yes, mea culpa !. But you should try how well it is with the addition of 1, yes!, only 1 drop of vanilla extract per bottle. The next test will be the addition of a very small slice of vanilla pod (far better than synthetic!) And extra caution to keep the lot in a safe, HaHa!. Try it , Moem. I baptized my concoction: Yellow Jacket (is an exotic wasp that invaded the Patagonia about 35 years ago with a very painful sting, Scientific name: Vespula germanica, see picture). Sorry, but I can not send a picture of the label that I did. Finally, a suggestion for manufacturers of vodka that you used, it would change the name, maybe I could be ... let's see, uh ... I know !: Russivan (the Soviets are already demodeé) Ha ha !. I send you big hug from Patagonia Argentina. Thanks again!

    PS: I also like cycling and here there are many beautiful landscapes to go, I never get tired of doing it.

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    So glad to hear that you liked the recipe! Yellow Jacket is a great name. If we ever get a chance we should drink a glass together!

    Hi again Moem!.

    Sorry, but I was traveling and did not open until today the mails or just looked instructables and see your comment . Sure yes !!, Moem, it would be very beautiful, meet and take one shot of this and others I've prepared. Today making a liqueur from rose hops (Rosa rubiginosa, It grows wild around here) and cinnamon, but alcohol from grains based and lowered with a little molasses. I suspect will be a nectar of the gods.(I'm thinking of a suitable name, haha). If I have success it is tasty (I suspect yes), I will send you the recipe and procedure ,[I have to start daring to uploading Instructables!!]. If ever you come to this region I would love to come to San Martin de los Andes, to meet personally and have a few drinks together and maybe go for a bike ride. If you want to communicate, here I send my email address: I send you a big hug from Patagonia, Argentina.

    PS: the "new" version of Yellow Jacket with vanilla pod, ahh, is simply luscious, thank again for recipe, Moem!!. (I have carefully hidden the stuff haha)


    Hey, I just saw that Butterworth did something similar, well, that's the idea. A whole vanilla pod sounds like a bit much (without removing the good of the idea). Best regards and a hug to both. :)

    The hot stuff in pepper juice is an acid. After working with chilies generously moisten

    your hands with lemon juice then add a bit of bicarbonate of soda to make a paste. Scrub your hands vigorously with this paste paying particular attention to the cuticle and under the nails. Rinse well with warm water. If in doubt repeat. If you did in fact touch your eye, mix 1/2 teaspoon of bicerb. in a glass of warm water. Pour into the eye while blinking rapidly in order to scrub the eye. Rinse with cool water. The bicarb. and water mixture works well for washing your Willie also. I know, I speak from experience.

    That sounds like it should be nice, too. I've also done cinnamon and other spices, but that's for another I'ble!

    Ooh, do let us know how it turns out!

    Great gift idea! Pour into smaller bottles and place in gift basket with other goodies.
    Thanks for the great label!

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    Now that is sheer genius. Glad you like the label!