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I am a huge fan of infusions. A little bit of prep work chopping and then time does all the work for you! I’m all for things that are busy working, while I am going about my business. Some of my favorite infusions so far: Spicy Cucumber Gin and Chamomile Pear Infused Vodka. If you think I’ve only infused twice before, you would be so wrong, the thing is I infuse liquor all the time, there is just too many for me to list! This is my first time though trying a Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila.
I started thinking about making a Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila after I had an incredible Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita at Five Chattanooga. I immediately envisioned some infused tequila in my future. This isn’t my first time infusing tequila, I’ve also made a Watermelon Infused Tequila – which I highly recommend! Turns every margarita into a little bit of summer.
The secret to this Pineapple Jalapeño Infused Tequila is tasting it along the way. Jalapeños infuse faster than pineapple, or rather, I get the amount of heat I need faster than I get the pineapple flavor that I want. To infuse with jalapeño, I just took a whole pepper and cut it through lengthwise, but leaving it attached at the top. I diced about a cup of pineapple and added it along with the jalapeño to one and one half cups of tequila. I toped it with my favorite Mason Jar Tap and set it on the counter. After just one day, the jalapeño had added the perfect heat level for me. I don’t like it too hot, just a hint of heat at the back of your throat. Testing it each day, I had the pineapple level I liked at about day 3.
A little tip for what to do with that tequila soaked pineapple – I scooped it out of the jar and did a quick puree with a blender and stored it in a jar in the freezer. I plan on adding some of it to the pineapple jalapeño margaritas that are sure to be in my immediate future!
- 1 1/2 cups tequila
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced open
- Place all ingredients in a jar and seal.
- Check after one day. if it is hot enough for you, remove pepper and close the lid again.
- Check after three days. As soon as the pineapple flavor is as strong as you like, remove the pineapple. (You can puree the pineapple and store in a jar in the freezer to add to cocktails).
- Store in pantry, fridge or freezer.
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