Want to learn how to make gin? Well you are in the right place because, along with being experts on living room layouts and paint colours, we would also say we are experts at gin (if you drink enough of it, that makes you an expert right?).
As well as being a great way to make a gin that is suited to your tastes, homemade gin is perfect for last-minute Christmas gifts. You just stick it in a cute bottle, write a nice label, tie a bow around the top and there you go. So keep on scrolling for our really easy gin recipe...
Oh and just be aware all gin recipes differ slightly when it comes to the herbs and spices you add. What you choose to add just depends on your taste. If you like a floral gin, add dried rose petals and lavender; if you like it spicy, try peppercorns and cardamom pods; for a gin that has a more unique flavour, go with herbs like rosemary or lemon thyme.
We've suggested the basics for getting that distinct aromatic gin flavour, but don't let a recipe stop you getting experimental. For more recipes, see our dedicated hub.
You will need:
- Juniper berries
- Lemon peel
- Cardamom pods
- Coriander seeds
- Any other botanicals, herbs or spices you like
- Sieve/muslin cloth
- Small bottles (if you want to gift your gin)
Step one: add ingredients
We said this was going to be an easy recipe, it really is just three steps.
Firstly open your vodka bottle and pour out a couple of measures of vodka (you can use this to make a couple of vodka sodas while you work...). This leaves you room to add your other ingredients back into the vodka bottle.
For a 700ml bottle of vodka, add in: 2 strips of lemon peel, 2 tbsp of juniper berries, five cardamon pods, 1 tsp of coriander seed and any of the other herbs and spices you chose.
Step two: let the vodka infuse
Leave the infusion for 24 hours and then give it a taste. If you don't like a strong tasting gin this might be all it needs. If you want more flavour, shake up the bottle and leave for another 24 hours. Have another taste to check it's right for you, but we will say don't 'brew' it for too much longer as the taste can get too powerful.
Step three: strain and bottle your gin
Filter out all the bits using a sieve, and if there is still some sediments left, drain it again using a muslin cloth. The colour might not be as crystal clear as you get in stores, but don't worry, it will still taste great. If you are giving your gin as gifts, all that is left to do is bottle it into small bottles – we suggest using a funnel to do this (to save wasteful spills).