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Chili schnapps - based on fresh or dried chili peppers - is hot, spicy and very tasty. However - heat, taste and colour all depends on what kind of pepper and alcohol (vodka, tequila or sherry) you use.
Serve with fish, shellfish, sushi, chicken, soup, rice dishes, pasta, meat and stew.
Or add a little schnapps to your curries, barbecue sauces, dips, chutneys, salsas, and dishes where you would normally use hot peppers.
Also, see how you can easily...
turn your chili schnapps into a liqueur.
You can use any type of fresh or dried chili peppers, but I suggest you start with the traditional varieties such as ...
Serrano (7,000 - 25,000 Scoville Units)
Jalapeno (3,500 - 4,500)
Habanero (200,000 - 350,000)
Tabasco (30,000 - 50,000)
Thai (50,000 - 100,000)
New Mexican (1,000)
Chipotle (smoked jalapeno) (10,000)
The capsaicin in chili pods may hurt the skin of your hands - so, use cotton gloves when you prepare the chilies.
Never rubber or plastic gloves, or your schnapps might taste of rubber or plastic.
Also - be careful not to touch your eyes while preparing chilies.
Wash your hands and kitchen tools well after preparation.
Never drink water if your mouth is burning after intake of too hot chilies - water will only make it worse. That's because Capsaicin is an oil and therefore not soluble in water.
Milk, ice cream, chocolate, yogurt, or cold beer are much better.
You can use any type of chili pepper for schnapps making - mild or pungent - whole, punctured or sliced - ripe or unripe - fresh, dried or roasted - with or without seeds.
There are so many variations and so many combinations and each time you get a totally different chili schnapps. So try to experiment.
In below recipes I have used whole, fresh Jalapenos and Habaneros.
Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your infusion, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how.
Serve your chili schnapps at room temperature in suitable glasses. And remember to keep your schnapps bottle tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.