*Handling Hot Peppers
Because hot chile peppers, such as habañeros, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.
To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool.