Let’s have a go at making your own Gin at home!
One thing to note though as we are not distilling your gin won’t be perfectly clear. But it’ll still taste like gin, which is the important bit. The colour of your gin will depend on the botanicals you use, but is generally going to have a yellow or amber-orange hue.
What you’ll need
A glass receptacle to infuse your spirit in. large glass kilner jar
70cl bottle of base spirit (use a good vodka)
Juniper For 70cl of vodka you want to use around 25-35g
Botanicals – let your imagination run wild.
Simple base recipe
Juniper berries 25-35g
Coriander seed 8-10g
Cardamon pods 3-5g
Lemon peel 1-2g
Weigh out your botanicals
Put your botanicals into a clean sterile jar, not your fresh citrus peel
Top with vodka
Leave for 24hrs to infuse
Have a taste, it should be starting to taste of juniper
Add any remaining botanicals to the mix. If there’s a particular flavour you want more of, it’s time to add a bit more of that botanical, but remember that juniper is king when it comes to gin!
Leave to steep for a further 12-24hrs, agitating the mixture at least once
Taste, and once you are happy (longer does not mean better, beware of over infusing) filter out the botanicals
If there is still some sediment you can use a coffee filter to filter this out more effectively
Leave the liquid to sit for a couple of days. Re-filter out any sediment that settles
Re-bottle your gin in a clean bottle and enjoy