Inspired by the World Famous Palace Cajun Martini available at The Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, California. This simple cocktail starts with making your own pepper vodka, which is simple!  

Get a whole, fresh jalapeño from your grocery or garden. Drop it in a mason jar along with a splash of dry vermouth. Fill the mason jar with vodka. Store in the freezer for 24 – 48 hours.

One ingredient that stands out is the garnish: a pickled cherry pepper. You might not encounter this very often, but for this cocktail, it adds to the charm and peppery kick of this cocktail. 

As you’re likely aware, there are several options for off the shelf, flavored vodkas. You’d be forgiven for getting a peppered one at the liquor store, no worries!

When creating your spicy vodka, you can experiment with different peppers. There is no right or wrong way other than your personal tastes.

If you’ve steeped your custom peppered vodka too long, don’t be afraid! You can always dilute your extra spicy vodka by adding more plain vodka until it’s mild enough for your mortal guests.


Spicy Cajun Martini

A delicious spicy martini
Servings 1


  • Jalapeno marinated vodka
  • See recipe below. Prep time on making your own pepper vodka is 24 - 48 hours
  • Splash of Dry Vermouth
  • Pickled cherry peppers


  1. Place 1 jalapeño (whole) in a mason jar and a splash of dry vermouth.
  2. Fill mason jar with vodka.
  3. Store in the freezer for 24 - 48 hours.
  4. Remove the pepper and strain the vodka into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Drop a few cherry peppers into the glass
  6. Enjoy!

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