Yes, friends. DIY gin.
Mr. Lovely happens to have a soft spot in his heart for a good swig of gin. (I think he thinks it’s manly and debonair. Lucky for him, I agree.) His good pal and business partner recently sent over The Homemade Gin Kit, and no joke — my dude’s eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning.
First of all, did you know that gin is basically vodka with botanicals infused in it? I definitely did not. I’m not a huge fan of vodka, and we happened to have a big extra bottle of it laying around, so planets aligned and we were pumped. And it was super easy. I’ll spare you all the DIY details in case you want to buy the kit. But basically, you pour the vodka in a bottle with dried juniper berries and let it sit for 24 hours. Add some dried botanicals (the kit included bay leaves, lavender, coriander, rosemary, rose hips, allspice, fennel, lemon peel, green cardamom, and tellicherry black pepper — phewph!) and let it sit for another 12 hours. Strain it, and BOOM. Gin.
We were kind of surprised that it turned a light honey color. You hear gin and you think clear. We read some reviews that said you can run it through a Brita filter a few times to get it clear, but I kinda like the backwoods hooch color. Makes me feel legit. And this stuff had some craaaaazy flavor. Can gin be spicy? Because this stuff is. If we do it again, I might leave the botanicals in there for about half the time. But it’s amazing for making really fun, fancy cocktails. Maybe I’ll put together a snazzy recipe and share.
So! Have you ever made your own booze? Do tell! I’d love to try another recipe. xoxo