It is easy to make your own craft gin with a few spices and some vodka.
750ml vodka (preferably 50% ABV)
2 tbsp juniper berries
¼ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp whole allspice
¾ tsp coriander seeds
4 cardamom pods
1 torn bay leaf
A small sprig of lavender
A larger sprig of rosemary
A small piece of dried grapefruit peel (no pith)
A small piece of dried lemon peel (no pith)
Crush the juniper berries a little to help release the aromatics and place them inside a mason jar. Pour over the vodka and seal. Leave for 12 hours.
Taste your vodka – it should now be taking on the characteristics of gin. If not, add more berries and leave for a further 12 hours. When you are happy with the level of juniper, remove the berries. Place the remaining botanicals into the jar. Top up with the juniper-infused vodka and leave for a further 36 hours.
Filter your gin back into the vodka bottle through muslin or cheesecloth and re-label. The gin may have gone yellow. Don’t worry, this won’t affect the flavour – it is just because it hasn’t been filtered as much as a normal gin.
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