How to Make Homemade Gin (with Drink Recipe)
In our purely personal, non-professional opinion, there’s absolutely no better spirit for the summertime than gin. Throw in a dash of tonic water and you’ve got the world’s most pure, liquid form of refreshment. Now, some might say, don’t mess with a good thing. To those “some” we would say, live a little.
Our Amoretti crew has been having a blast the last few days learning how to create homemade gin. Does it rival the top shelf gin you might find at your local liquor store? Well, no, but that’s not the point. One of the main reasons we’ve enjoyed making our own gin is that it gives us subtle control over the final flavor profile of the liquor.
When you get to control the freshness and ratio of beverage ingredients, you end up with the best results – every time.
Homemade Gin Recipe
This recipe is very modifiable. If you can’t find one of these ingredients at your local market, then just skip it or opt for something else (with the exception of juniper berries – those are pretty essential for making gin).
- Take a 1.75 bottle of vodka (go big or go home, right?), and run it through a water filter three times. This helps to remove any of the vodka flavorings that might conflict with your gin-to-be.
- Next, add 2.5 tbsp of juniper berries to the vodka (which should be back in its original bottle at this point). The juniper berries sit in there for 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, add these ingredients:
• 4 black peppercorns
• 1 sprig rosemary
• ¾ tsp fresh lemon zest
• ¾ tsp fresh orange zest
• ¾ tsp coriander seeds
• ¼ tsp allspice berries
• 1/8 tsp fennel seed
Let this admixture sit for another 12 hours.
- Strain your vodka-cum-gin mixture into another container, discarding the seeds, berries, zests, et al.
- Return the “gin” to the vodka bottle, and drink up!
A Drink Recipe for Your New Gin
You can get a lot of drinks out of your new gin, but few will top a classic gin and tonic. Here’s how we like to make ours:
- 2 oz homemade gin
- 2 oz tonic water
- 1 pump Amoretti Premium Lime Syrup
Like this article? You might be interested in learning how to infuse your own vodka, too, which is even easier than making homemade gin.