This homemade pepper jalapeño liqueur using Everclear® is fantastic! The pepper and jalapeño infusion is subtle and perfect for fun brunch cocktails like the ever popular bloody mary. If you’re looking for game day recipes, this is the perfect drink.
One of my favorite trends in mixology right now is the creation of unique liqueurs by bartenders. I wish, back when I was a bartender, I had been half as creative as they are. I tended to stick with plain old gin/vodka/etc. and didn’t spend too much time “concocting”. Not to worry – I’m making up for it now!
I made a homemade pepper jalapeño liqueur using Everclear® that is fantastic! The pepper and jalapeño infusion is subtle yet spicy, and perfect for brunch cocktails like the ever popular bloody mary.
Homemade Pepper Jalapeño Liqueur
To make this homemade liqueur, place peppercorns in a sealable jar. Pour 1 part Everclear® and 1 part distilled water into the jar, seal it and let that steep for about 2 hours. Then add 1 jalapeño, sliced into rings. Do your best to keep the seeds because you want that spice to transfer to the liqueur.
Let the infusion sit overnight, or about 12 hours. Strain the liquid into another jar, discarding the peppercorns and jalapeño rings. Your homemade pepper jalapeño liqueur is going to turn a green color that is reminiscent of pickle brine but tastes spicy instead of sour. That heat is perfect for a bloody mary.
Everclear® is the perfect blank canvas for homemade liqueurs. Its neutral flavor profile is the just what you want when infusing your favorite flavors. You can literally make whatever flavor liqueur you want with it!
This homemade pepper jalapeño liqueur is fantastic! The pepper and jalapeño infusion is subtle and perfect for fun brunch cocktails like the bloody mary.
- 2 tablespoons peppercorns
- 1 jalapeno, cut into rings
- 1 cup Everclear® grain alcohol
- 1 cup distilled water
- Place the peppercorns in the bottom of a sealable jar. Pour the Everclear® and distilled water into the jar. Cover and seal the jar; set it aside to steep for 2 hours. Then add the jalapeño rings. Seal and let steep overnight (12 hours).
- Strain the liquid into an empty container, discarding the peppercorns and jalapeños. Use liqueur for cocktails like bloody marys.
Now that you have some pepper jalapeño liqueur, time to make a bloody mary.
My favorite drink to make back in my bartending days were bloody marys. I bartended almost every Sunday for 2 years and nothing beats a bloody mary during brunch. It didn’t matter whether it was the dead of winter or the height of summer, I always made more bloody’s than any other drink. Can you imagine how much more popular my mix would have been with this liqueur instead of vodka?
Everyone’s bloody mary recipe is a little different. My secret recipe includes Worcestershire, horseradish, lime juice, pickle brine and a whole lot of not-measuring. I would also include hot sauce but there is no need thanks to the homemade pepper jalapeño liqueur. Add 1 1/2 ounces of this liqueur instead of vodka and you are all set for a fun summer brunch drink.
And don’t forget your garnishes!
Everclear® is the perfect ingredient for craft cocktails and home mixology, allowing you to put your own spin on new and old favorites. With its neutral grain composition, Everclear® extracts the optimal flavor to infuse your cocktails — whether you’re making bitters, liqueurs, tinctures or extracts. Visit makeityourown.com for recipe ideas, tips and more!
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