For Christmas, my sister Angela got me a Homemade Gin Kit. This is a fabulous idea, since most average humans do not own a still. Bonus fabulous points, because gin is my favorite. But slightly fewer points since part of me is now underage, and I won’t be tasting it. I will rely on my personal gin-sampler Austin, for taste-testing.
The entire process took only about 36 hours. 99% of that time is just waiting around for ingredients to seep into the vodka. This scores a perfect 10 on the Easy-Scale.
First step: add juniper berries to a nice bottle of vodka and let it sit for 24 hours. The directions said not to bother picking up top-shelf vodka, any sort will work. However, it didn’t make sense that one could end up with a really good gin, starting from a throat-stabbing vodka out of a plastic bottle. So I used a nice potato vodka.
Ellis insisted on supervising.
Did you know that juniper berries float? I shook it up, but they liked to sit at the top. I put the bottle in a dark cabinet for 24 hours.
After 24 hours it had a golden yellow tinge of color.
Step two; add the container of botanicals and let it sit another 12 hours.
- Rose hips
- Fennel seed
- Lemon peel
- Green cardamom
- Tellicherry black pepper
- Bay leaf
I shook it up again and let it sit in the cabinet for 12 hours more.
The final step is to strain out the juniper and botanicals, and pour into the two gin bottles that come with the kit.
Done! The color is pretty golden, which they say is how unfiltered gin appears.
It smells like gin! I poured a small shot glass sample.
My official taster noted that it has a different flavor than other types of gin. The spices were very present, giving it a slightly tingly, spicy finish. Not spicy as in hot, but more like the allspice variety. It might be especially good around the holidays when you’re making Christmas cocktails!