How To Make Gin Right At Home

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Making your own delicious gin doesn’t need to be complicated. Step up your classic cocktail game by constructing your own rustic gin. Join me as we explore how to make gin.

Homemade Gin in a refillable bottle on a wood table

We have already made tonic water and now we are going to make some gin! As indicated in our post of the different kinds of gin, most of the gins bought in stores are distilled with aromatics and juniper during the distillation processes. Composite gin, however, is derived from infusing these items right into a neutral alcohol. Inspired by the recipe from this video, we are going to learn how to make gin at home.

Starting with vodka

Gin tends to be distilled twice. After the first distillation, it is a neutral spirit and then, on second distillation are the aromatics given to the alcohol that make it a gin. In this style of gin, however, we impart the flavorings directly into the alcohol. We are going to start with a neutral spirit…. Vodka. I am choosing to start with New Amsterdam Vodka. Coming in at $15 for a 1.75L, it is a great liquor for the price. This really is an experiment and it is going to be infused with all sorts of goodness. It is, then, going to be mixed with other things. I think going for a bit of a more price conscious choice is not a bad idea, particularly on my first go around.

How to make gin and the aromatics

All gins need Juniper Berries, which can be ordered on amazon. Beyond that, I chose to use coriander seed, ginger, lemon peel, lime peel, orange peel, and lemongrass. These were recipe decisions, mostly because I already had them in stock. I also had cinnamon, cucumber, and almonds on hand, but I decided to leave them out. Lemongrass and ginger were already added, which I felt were distinguishing enough.

Juniper Berries, lemon, lime, and lemongrass

Muddling and Breaking the Juniper Berries

All ingredients and vodka in bottle to make gin

MOAR Juniper

The recipe that inspired mine, had added 25g of juniper berries for 750ml of vodka. I used a grand total of 120g of juniper and I could definitely get the taste with that much of the berry. Starting off with 50g for 6 cups, I let it sit for two days and then strained everything out and had a taste. I decided it needed more. So, I discarded the original aromatics and added 50g more to the bottle. After sitting another day, I gave it a try and it was where I needed it to be. Additionally, I lightly used my muddler on the juniper berries to release the flavor and oils.

Juniper Berries close up

Overhead Gin Bottle with Shot

Final Product

It is pretty darn good! The alcohol is going to be a brownish color, so don’t let that throw you off. That is normal. I still feel like I get a bit of the vodka taste in there, but perhaps that could be remedied with a better vodka that is more known for its neutrality. All in all, I think I will likely do this again to go with my tonic.

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Homemade Gin in a refillable bottle on a wood table

How To Make Gin Right At Home

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 Days
  • Total Time: 4 Days 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 32 servings 1x
  • Category: Distillation
  • Method: Steeping
  • Cuisine: English

Description

How to make gin at home! Get a few ingredients and some vodka to make a great and easy rustic Gin


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Using muddler, slightly mash the juniper berries to release flavors in a separate bowl
  2. Add juniper berries and all other ingredients (minus the 50 grams of juniper berries) to container
  3. Let sit for 2 days
  4. Strain all materials out using funnel and cheesecloth into another bottle or dish (you are going to need to pour it back)
  5. Muddle the remaining 50g of juniper berries and add back to bottle
    Add remaining juniper berries
  6. Let sit for another day
  7. Strain again
  8. GIN!


Keywords: Make your own Gin

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2 Comments

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    Andrea
    November 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is actually a question. I live in an area where juniper trees are absolutely everywhere, and fall onto the ground in hoardes in my front yard in the spring. Could I clean and use those instead of buying them?

    • Reply
      Ben
      November 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Great question. You would need to identify the exact species of juniper and determine if it is safe, or desirable, to use for this. Some species of juniper are poisonous and others are not meant to be eaten. I found this. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/20/garden/20qna.html

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