Homemade Christmas Gin
How to make your own homemade Christmas spiced gin
1 – Choose your base spirit
When distilling, gin starts from a neutral grain spirit (usually) which is then flavoured with botanicals – one of which is juniper. In the UK and EU to be legally called a gin the spirit has to be predominately juniper flavoured. So when picking your base you probably want a juniper led gin.
However if you only have vodka, this acts like a neutral grain spirit, so you need to add additional juniper to make it a gin. Also if you have a gin that isn’t very junipery, you can add more juniper berries. These can be found in supermarkets as they can be used in lots of recipes at this time of year.
2 – Add your spices:
A top tip to get the most flavour out of the juniper is to crush the berries before adding to the alcohol, this helps release the oils, which add flavour.
I added the botanicals a little haphazardly. A couple of cinnamon sticks, a few cloves, a tea spoon of allspice etc and I think slightly less of the cloves / allspice would work best!
3 – Then wait a week
4 – Add your fresh or dried citrus
5 – When finished, strain & bottle up
Have you tried making your own flavoured alcohol for gifts?! Get gin-inspired & share your creations with me!Have a Happy Christmas