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Jalapeño Infused Vodka

5 from 3 votes

Posted: 09/15/23

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This Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe is simple to make and will spice up any cocktail recipe. With just two ingredients and plenty of control over the spice strength, jazz up your cocktails with this fun vodka.

Overhead photo of a jar of Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe with extra jalapeno peppers and a bottle of Tito's vodka in the background.

One of the best things about vodka is how well it absorbs the flavor of other ingredients. It is versatile, making it a fun spirit to mix up by infusing it with different things. Don’t let this zippy Jalapeno Vodka recipe scare you, you control the spice by determining the infusion time.

How to Make Jalapeno Infused Vodka

This delicious Jalapeno Vodka recipe comes together with just two ingredients and a quick shake. For the full recipe and measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Combine ingredients. Put the vodka and jalapeno slices in a glass jar with a lid and shake.
  • Let the jalapenos infuse. Allow the jar to sit for 8-24 hours depending on the level of spice you want.
  • Strain and enjoy. Use a mesh strainer and a funnel to remove the Jalapeno slices and seeds, and then add the infused vodka to your favorite cocktail recipes for a spicy kick!

Photo of bottle of vodka being poured into jar with slices of jalapeno pepper for Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe. Extra slices of jalapenos on counter beside jar.

How to Control the Spice Level

This jalapeno vodka recipe gets stronger the longer the jalapenos infuse in the vodka. For just a hint of jalapeno, let infuse for only one hour before straining the slices and seeds out of the vodka. For extra-spicy vodka, let the jalapenos infuse in the vodka for up to 24 hours.

Best Vodka to Use

For this spicy Jalapeno Infused Vodka, you can use whatever vodka you have on hand and like the flavor of. We recommend using a middle-range vodka because you want a good vodka, but do not need a top-shelf bottle for this recipe. Our go-to middle-range vodka is Tito’s.

Tips and Tricks

  • Glass jars and lids work best for infusing vodka. Make sure to screw the lid on tight!
  • Wear rubber gloves when slicing your jalapeno pepper to protect your skin from the juice.
  • Fresh jalapeno peppers are best for this recipe, but canned ones would also work if that’s what you have on hand.

Storing Jalapeno Vodka

Store your infused vodka in a mason jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Close up photo of a jar of Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe. Extra sliced jalapeno peppers beside jar.

Jalapeno Vodka Cocktails

Here are a few ideas for how to enjoy your jalapeno vodka:

If you make this Jalapeno Vodka recipe, leave a comment and let us know what cocktail you put it in!

Close up photo of a jar of Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe. Extra sliced jalapeno peppers beside jar.
5 from 3 votes

Jalapeno Infused Vodka

Serves: 8 ounces
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Jalapeño Infused Vodka is easy to make and makes for fun twists on classic cocktails.


  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced
  • 1 cup vodka


  • Combine the sliced jalapeño pepper and the vodka in a jar and shake.
  • Allow to sit for 8-24 hours. The longer it sits, the stronger it will get. For just a hint of jalapeno, let it sit for an hour.
Close up photo of a jar of Jalapeno Infused Vodka recipe. Extra sliced jalapeno peppers beside jar.

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. Gustavo says

    5 stars
    Easy peasy and delicious,,,, I used the spicy vodka to spice up a regular margarita,,, just a few drops and was delicious!!!

  2. Mary says

    5 stars
    Can you use pickled jalapeños and the juice?

    • Nathan Longley says

      I would not recommend it.

  3. Kathleen Sherman says

    Lisa, thanks for the Jalapeño infused vodka instructions! I like a spicy margarita and Bloody Mary. I’m ready to infuse my vodka…yum!

  4. Cindy S says

    Do you leave the jalapeño seeds in when adding the jalapeño to the vodka?

    • Nathan Longley says

      We do, you can strain them out once it is ready as you pour it into your drink. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Lynz says

    Excited to try in a dirty martini with garlic stuffed olives 🤤

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