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Hot-Sauce Hostess Gifts


The next time you go to a party, leave the wine behind and show up with something hot -- hot sauce, that is. Depending on how much spice your friends like, you can infuse vinegar with mild long peppers, spicier Thai peppers, or five-alarm habaneros. Our clip art tags are all the wrapping bottles need.

To make the sauce, sterilize half- or three-quarter-liter glass bottles by using the sterilize button on the dishwasher or boiling them for 10 minutes. Wash peppers, cut a slit in each (you’ll need about 20 per half-liter bottle), and insert into bottles. Meanwhile, heat 2 to 3 cups white vinegar, or rice vinegar for a Thai version, to just boiling. Funnel into bottles to fill; let cool, and cork. Refrigerate. For giving, print tags and attach them with twine.

Hot Sauce Clip Art

Chile peppers, Recycled Glass Bubble cruet, below, left, 10 1/4 inches by 3 inches, $38 for 2, by Roost; Premium Presentation paper, in Matte, $13 for 50 sheets;


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Martha Stewart Living, September 2011

Reviews (2)

  • DAR63 24 Aug, 2012

    Use pepper sauce sprinkled on or tossed with anything that needs a little kick.

  • elysee 5 Feb, 2012

    I made about three bottles to use as hostess gifts and the bottles looked beautiful. However, friends did not know how to use this sauce and I got the impression that they didn't care for it. If you've tried making this can you please let me know how you used it?