How to Make Your Own Gin

Recipe | How to Make Your Own Gin

Ever wanted to make your own gin but not known where to start? I always thought you needed large copper pots and a dedicated distillery… How wrong I was. I was amazed to find that you can actually make gin at home using none other than a bottle of vodka!

The basic idea of compound gin is that you start with a neutral base spirit (e.g. vodka) and infuse it with botanicals to turn it into gin. Here’s a beginner’s guide to making your own compound gin at home:

You’ll Need:

  • 500ml base spirit (e.g. vodka)
  • Botanicals (see details below)
  • Glass container to infuse your spirit
  • Funnel with filter
  • Bottle for your finished gin

Homemade Gin Making - Equipment

 

Method:

1. Weigh out your botanicals.

The three main botanicals you’ll need are:

  • Juniper Berry (15-18g)
  • Coriander Seed (5-8g)
  • Angelica Root (1.5-2g)

Homemade Gin Making - Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Angelica Root

You can then select the additional botanicals that will flavour your gin, for example: Orris Root, Cardamom, Liquorice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Citrus Peel, Lemongrass, Lavender…

We chose Cinnamon, Cardamom and Orange Peel.

Homemade Gin Making - Cinnamon, Cardamom, Orange Peel

2. Sterilise your glass container with boiling water, then empty.

Homemade Gin Making - Vodka

3. Pour the vodka and add the botanicals (minus very strong flavours or fresh citrus).

Homemade Gin Making - Infusing Jar

4. Leave to infuse for 24 hours. Taste, then add any strong flavours or fresh citrus that were left out earlier.

Homemade Gin Making - Infusing Jar

5. Leave to infuse for a further 12-24 hours.

6. Taste again, and once you are happy, use the filter to sieve out the botanicals from the gin.

Homemade Gin Making - Funnel Filter

7. Pour the finished gin into a bottle. Save a shot to add with tonic and enjoy your very own homemade gin!

Homemade Gin Making - Finished Bottle

It really is as easy as that! You’ll notice that your gin won’t be perfectly clear (as it doesn’t go through the re-distillation process) and the colour will depend on the botanicals used. Our concoction was both sweet and spicy with a citrusy kick. We’ll definitely be making another batch soon…

 

A special thank you to Jack’s sister and her husband for this lovely and thoughtful gift!

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