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Inferno Infused Vinegar

December 9, 2010

Making infused vinegar is really fun…you can experiment with ingredients you have around the house to make lively tasting and beautiful creations.  Let your imagination run wild and play around with different flavour combinations to suit your palate.

This next vinegar which we’ve named “Inferno Infused” is hot, hot, hot stuff.  So hot that all you need is just one drop.  After tasting the finished product, I realized that it already had that warming (or should I say burning) effect that you get from Scotch whiskey.  That cool hot burn…mmmMMM.  Now, I’m not really the one in our home that likes it hot, but Matt sure does and he too agreed, that this stuff packed quite a punch.  You might ask “What can you use vinegar this hot on?”

Here are just a few ideas…

  1. a drop (just a drop) would add a kick to that already kick ass steak
  2. add a drop (just a drop) to some mayo to spice up a sandwich, potato salad, tuna casserole, or whatever you use mayo on
  3. now, you still left with a pretty full bottle…we recommend you use it to flavour your pickling brine ~ it is sure to add great flavor with some heat to dill pickles, pickled cauliflower, or anything else you choose.
  4. experiment….


  • 3 habenaro peppers; seeded and sliced into 1/4″ strips
  • 15 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 small sweet cipolline onions; peeled and quartered to fit the bottle opening (Note: you could substitute cipolline for shallots)
  • 26 cloves garlic divided ~ 24 cloves peeled and cut into pieces to fit bottle opening and 2 cloves minced
  • 1 orange ~ zest only
  1. Place bottles in the oven to sterilize at 250F for 20 minutes.
  2. Measure bamboo skewers against your bottles ~ the skewers should be about 3/4 as long as the bottles.  Trim a little bit off each skewer if necessary.  For each jar soak 1 bamboo skewer in water.
  3. Heat cider vinegar in a non-reactive saucepan just to a simmer.
  4. Meanwhile peel and quarter onions, seed and cut habenaros, peel and mince garlic, and using a fruit peeler remove the zest from the orange and cut into thin ribbons or strips about 1/8″ wide.  Place cut onions and minced garlic into a spice ball.
  5. Remove heated vinegar and add habenaros, garlic cloves, and spice ball.  Let cool slightly.
  6. Divide the onions and minced garlic placing equal amounts into each sterilized jar.
  7. Carefully thread the garlic cloves and Habanero strips onto the skewer alternating between the two.
  8. Place the skewer wrapped in an orange ribbon into each bottle.
  9. Using a funnel, pour the vinegar into the bottle, ensuring that all the ingredients are covered.
  10. Cap or seal with a cork.  Let steep 2 to 3 weeks before using.  This vinegar should be used within 3 to 4 months once the bottle has been opened.  Remove and discard the skewer as the ingredients become exposed.

Put up Total:

  • 2 x 250mL bottles
  • 6 x 375mL bottles

If you are not making this to give away then you may consider reducing the recipe as this stuff is INFERNO HOT or putting it in smaller bottles.  And, if you are giving it away you may want to write some kind of disclaimer.  Just an idea.

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