I have since added a couple more red hot chillis to these jars of vodka which I have prepared ahead of a promised Christmas visit from thirsty daughter Olaf. The Mrs and I tasted a drop yesterday and they already have an almighty kick. “Good for clearing your sinuses” remarked the Mrs, before adding “Presumably you do add tonic?” I think we will be doing so. as for Olaf, I assume she will be drinking it neat.
My late father, who, like the late Charkes Kennedy, described himself as a moderate drinker but who also adored very hot food would, I suspect, have loved what is getting hotter by the day as it sits in the larder next to the sugared – an increasingly alcoholic – pears.