It’s amazing how much flavor garlic, tiny hot chiles, and a splash of vinegar adds to plain old water in this classic Hawaiian condiment. Drizzle atop hearty meat dishes or sip alongside to cut the richness.

Featured in: Who Needs Hot Sauce When You Have Hawaiian Chile Pepper Water?

What You Will Need

Time: 24 hours


  • 2 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 4 chopped Hawaiian or Thai chiles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Hawaiian salt or coarse sea salt


  1. Place 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 2 crushed garlic cloves, and 4 chopped Hawaiian or Thai chiles—or more to taste—in a sterilized bottle or jar.
  2. In a small pot, bring 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon Hawaiian salt or coarse sea salt to a quick boil. Pour the boiling water over the rest of the ingredients, and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before consuming. Keeps indefinitely.