As Master of Malt say about this vodka:
“We have created a monster, summoned from the very bowels of hell, formed in a vile carboy filled with a horrid mound of Naga Jolokia chillies (the world’s hottest chillies), steeped in grain vodka. We’ve packaged it in a handsome, heavy glass bottle with industrial-grade sealing wire and lead security seal (with a skull and crossbones embossed on it). To get to this bottle, you’ll literally have to open it with wire cutters, but we strongly recommend you don’t. In fact, this unspeakable 250,000 Scovilles vodka is a chilli vodka so horrendous we suggest you don’t even purchase it. Please just shut down your computer and have a nice cup of tea instead. Try to forget what you saw.”
Not a particularly inviting description, I think you’ll agree but don’t be put off by what has become for us a very versatile ingredient indeed! Yes it is ludicrously hot and I certainly wouldn’t recommend drinking it neat but handle it with care and its consistent hot chilli flavour can be used in many diverse applications.
0.5 ml in a cocktail can add a good chilli flavour and heat. A similar amount in a pizza or pasta sauce will do likewise. Used in these quantities, it becomes a very cost effective way of adding chilli heat to almost any dish and its consistent chilli heat means that it is entirely predictable in how much fire it adds. An excellent alternative to fresh chillies which can often vary wildly in their potency.
(The 250,000 Scovilles refers to the “hotness” as defined by the Scoville scale of chilli heat. As a contrast, a jalapeno pepper scores 1000 – 4000 Scoville units)