Nothing screams “drink in the morning” like holidays with the family and the season is upon us! I stumbled on a recipe this year for making the perfect homemade pepper vodka and I can’t describe to you how “fresh” it tasted in a bloody mary compared to infused vodkas or by adding pepper or tabasco to your morning drink. Just a little of the homemade pepper vodka and some tomato juice and you’re in business for the best Bloody Mary you’ve ever had.
The recipe is pretty simple:
- Serrano Peppers
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Anaheim Peppers
- Sun Dried Tomatos
- Pearl or Cocktail Onions
Cut up the peppers and drop them into about a 2 gallon jar, preferably one with a spout at the bottom like the one in the picture. You can get such a jar for about $20 at World Market or look for a “Glass Jar with Spout” on Amazon where prices range from under $30 for a 3-Gallon Unbreakable Beverage Dispenser to over $100 for a beautiful Paris Hammered Glass Beverage Dispenser. (Note: I bought two different models and one had a faulty valve that leaked so make sure it’s tight when you buy it!)
Next, pour 2 liters of plain Vodka over top of the sliced up peppers. I used Smirnoff Triple Distilled but you can use whatever you want. The cleaner tasting the better but there is no need to buy a “premium” vodka either.
Let theÂ concoction sit for about 24 – 48 hrs. Then just pour a little (or a lot) out from the spout, addÂ tomato juice or V8 and you’ll have the best, freshest tasting Bloody Mary ever, just in time for Thanksgiving morning (or Monday morning)! No need to add more pepper, tabasco or anything else.
One word of caution: don’t forget to wash your hands before you touch your face after cutting up the peppers, I still can’t feel the right half of my head.
This post was not sponsored by anyone but please drink responsibly… Â :)