Habanero Tequila

Habanero Tequila

[Photograph: Anna Dunn]

For this deliciously spicy home infusion find a clean and affordable blanco tequila, but make sure it says 100% agave on the label. We recommend Espolon, Herradura, or Siembra Azul.

Note: Be careful when working with habaneros. Wear plastic gloves and clean all surfaces and knife thoroughly with soapy water after handling. Do not bring hands near eyes.

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  • Yield:makes 1 liter
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:up to 1 day

Ingredients

  • 3 medium habanero peppers, stemmed, deseeded, and cut into strips (see note above)
  • 1 liter 100% agave blanco tequila

Directions

  1. 1.

    Add habanero strips to tequila bottle and reseal jar. Let rest five hours at room temperature. Taste and allow to steep longer if stronger flavor is desired, up to 24 hours.

  2. 2.

    Pour tequila through a cheesecloth or sieve into a mason jar. Seal jar. Store in a cool dry place for up to 5 months. (Flavor will be best during the first month.)