Make your own gin

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Completion Time: 15 - 20 minutes

They say doing what you love can be a great delight, but who knew you could create some gin yourself? It’s easier than you could ever imagine too. 

Many people think gin is very complex, but it’s pretty straightforward. It’s a neutral base spirit which is flavoured with botanicals – so, essentially, like vodka with extra bits added. 

It’s really only called gin because it contains juniper, which is the dominant botanical, and it is at least 37.5% abv (alcohol by volume). Beyond that, you can pretty much do anything you want to do! You are free to experiment with what you like beyond the vodka and juniper berries. Some of the most commonly used gin botanicals (after juniper) are coriander seed, angelica root, citrus peel, and cassia bark, or cinnamon – but feel free to raid the spice cabinet and herb garden.

Now it’s time to create your gin masterpiece. When you’re satisfied with your happiness in glass, try out a martini or a G&T and see if you are indeed a gin connoisseur. Share your creations on social media using #PerfectlyMadeForEachOther, and you could be featured on the Consol Facebook page! Don’t forget to tag us.

Create your own 750ml bottle gin with this very easy and awesome recipe:

Materials Needed

Amount Material
750ml Good quality vodka
2 tsp Juniper berries (or more if you like juniper-forward gin)
1 tsp Coriander seeds
2 Cardamom pods
2 Peppercorns
½ Cinnamon stick
- A small piece of dried orange peel (remove the white pith as it’s very bitter)
- A small piece of dried lemon peel (again, no pith)
1L Consol Preserve Jar

Instructions

  1. Sterilise your clean Consol Preserve Jar (use the 1L).
  2. Add your botanicals (that’s all your spices) to the jar, minus any fresh peel.
  3. Top up with vodka, then leave to infuse in a cool dark place for 24 hours.
  4. Taste the infusion – it should have taken on some lovely juniper ginny-ness already. Add your fresh peel, along with any other botanicals whose flavour you want to boost.
  5. Leave for up to another 24 hours, giving the jar a gentle shake at least once. Beware of leaving it too long and over-infusing the mixture – think of it a bit like brewing tea.
  6. Taste again and, if you’re happy, filter out all the botanicals using a sieve. If there’s still some sediment left, use some muslin or a coffee filter to re-strain.
  7. Leave the liquid to sit for a couple of days and then filter out any remaining sediment (but don’t worry too much about the colour).
  8. Bottle your gin – why not create your own label? – and you’re ready to test your creation.
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Source: https://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/beginners-guide-making-gin-home/

The Consol Preserve Jar is available at your nearest Consol Shop