Just because you can drink something, doesn’t mean that you should. Emma Mirrington bought a bottle of 1780 Vodka Satan’s Shot vodka at Surry, England’s annual Guildford Cheese and Chili Festival, and shared it with seven of her friends. Mistakes were made…
Let’s start by reading the bottle’s label:
Satan’s Shot – Triple distilled 100% pure grain vodka infused by the Chilli Pepper Company for three weeks with the world’s hottest chili, the Carolina Reaper.
Only Satan himself is brave enough to drink this vodka neat.
If you feel fearless and want to drink with Satan, you will feel like you are burning in hell itself.
Sure, that’s some unnerving marketing material, but how hot is a Carolina Reaper pepper? The Scoville scale measures and rates the spicy heat found in chili peppers; a bell pepper ranks at a Scoville heat unit level of zero, Jalapeno peppers score anywhere between 1,000 and 20,000 SHU, and Tabasco peppers rate between 30,000 and 50,000 SHU.
That’s pretty darn hot, but to put it all into perspective, the infamous Carolina Reaper scores a whopping 1,569,300 Scoville heat units on average, and one particular pepper codenamed “HP22B” earned the title of the world’s hottest chili pepper by sporting a mouth-nuking 2.2 million SHU! This Satan’s Shot drink is bottled after the vodka has soaked in Carolina Reapers for three weeks, so it’s not a big surprise that this booze tastes like liquid lava.
While all eight of the unnamed adventurous drinkers took a shot, one man was rushed to the hospital after he became unconscious.
“There were about eight of us affected,” Mirrington said. “I have never seen anything like it.”
The brand that sold the vodka responded with the following, and made sure to note that the rumors that Satan’s Shot was made with anti-freeze were completely false:
We know about hot things and know what happens when someone has something too hot for them.
We’re professionals as far as chili goes and the reaction they have had sounds like the reaction from when someone has something too hot.
We don’t want to hurt anyone but we produce chili sauces, that’s what we do.
What’s the lesson we’ve learned today? Drinking a beverage made from the fieriest peppers on the planet might not sit too well with your body. Duh.