I have never made gin before and thought it was time I gave it a go! I love the flavour of juniper berries, the predominant flavour used in the distilling of gin and a had a full jar of these highly scented berries in the larder. Now I must add here that I have not set up a distillery in the kitchen that would be far to scientific for me! I am using some of my favourite spices and citrus peel to flavour vodka for my own interpretation of this popular spirit.
- 400ml vodka
- 2 heaped tbsp juniper berries, lightly crushed
- 1 heaped tbsp green cardamom pods
- 1 heaped tbsp coriander seeds
- 5 strips of orange peel
- 5 strips of lemon peel
- 5 strips of lime peel
- Sterilise the bottle in boiling water or put through a very hot wash cycle in the dish washer.
- Put all the spices and citrus peel into the bottle, pour in the vodka and seal the top.
- Allow the vodka to infuse with all the flavourings for 3-5 days, shaking every so often, or if you like the flavours from the spices and peel to be infused for longer leave for 7-10 days or to taste.
- Pour the vodka including all of the spices and peel through a fine sieve or muslin lined sieve,then pour the strained liquid back into the bottle. Or you could put a fine tea sieve over the glass and pour straight from the bottle, discarding the spices and citrus peel as you go.
The spices look so beautiful floating at the top and the citrus peel sitting on the bottom of the bottle. So if you are thinking of making it to give to family or friends as a present, leave the spices and peel in the bottle and label with the instructions about straining for the lucky recipient to do!