Friday, February 23, 2024

My Homemade Gin


As I mentioned last week, I made gin. Let me tell you, this is a short process. It only takes a couple of days, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. While experimentation is encouraged, three recipes are included to guide you along the way. I chose the “traditional” version, adding cardamom pods, orange peel, and licorice to the infusion of vodka and crushed juniper berries. Because I was feeling a bit whimsical, I also added a pinch of hibiscus flower as well. Here is the result.

Honestly, I was surprised at how good it was. It tastes like gin. Actual gin. Like you would buy in the store. Gin! Amazing! The color is a bit odd, but according to the information contained in the kit, that’s because it hasn’t been distilled. I was disappointed that dried elderflower was not one of the options in the aromatics, because I really wanted to make elderflower gin, but I’m very happy with my choice. This is going to make a wonderful gin and tonic -- my summer drink of choice.

I had such good luck with this, that I am going to be making more in the future, and doing a bit more experimenting. If you know of anyone who likes gin, this Gin Making Kit would be an excellent gift. Father’s Day will be here before we know it, so keep this in mind for those gin-loving dads.

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Marie Smith said...

It is a great gift idea! Thank you!

Linda said...

It seems pretty mind blowing that you can make your own gin - looks amazing!

Gina said...

A good antique gin is my favorite!

Crew at Cabin Central said...

Great idea! I’m going to try this! I was just at Sur la Table and in the sale section they had a couple of One Part Co. kits which have just an infusion bottle and a tasting straw. There was also a couple of recipe ideas on paper. I went to their website and found that they have a lot of infusion packets.
I wish Craftly would sell the Butterfly Pea Flower to go with the gin kit. When you mix the infused gin with a citrus or tonic water it turns the drink purple-pink color and tastes great! I got the Do Your Gin kit. Thanks for the idea!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I’m really enjoying it. I have enough aromatics left to infuse vinegar to use in vinaigrette (GINaigrette), so I’m going to give that a try. :-)

Donna said...

Printed the recipe! This could be fun! I already make my own vanilla using vodka.