Making your own Christmas spiced gin really couldn’t be easier, we promise! What’s more, you can tailor it to your own tastes, and use it in all sorts of delicious Christmas cocktails, to add a festive feel to your favourite gin and tonic - or even poured over Christmas pudding with ice cream!
The quantities of spices we’ve suggested are merely our own preference, so feel free to experiment with the flavours you like; so if you are not so keen on cloves, for instance, just leave them out! You can also add more or less sugar based on how sweet and syrupy you want your gin liqueur to come out - the more sugar you add, the more treacly your liqueur will become (all the better for drinking neat or over ice!).
The spices we’ve used here are quite strong, so the gin doesn’t need as much time to infuse as some other homemade gin liqueurs - taste it after a week and see if it is strong enough for your personal taste, then leave it a little longer if you think it needs more of a kick!
Homemade Christmas Spiced Gin
One 70cl bottle London Dry Gin
Peel of one orange
200g caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 centimetre square of fresh ginger (skin on)
1 nutmeg (cracked)
Add all your ingredients to a clean, dry jar or bottle. Seal tightly, give the contents a little shake and leave in a cool, dark place to infuse for a week or two.
Try to give the jar a little shake every few days to help the flavour infuse. You can try the contents at any point to see when you think it’s ready - the longer you leave it, the deeper the flavour and golden colour will be.
Once ready, strain your gin liqueur into a pretty bottle, wrap with ribbon and labels. The gin liqueur should be kept at room temperature or the fridge, out of direct heat and sunlight. It will easily last for six months, so you can make it now and give it as a gift at Christmas without worrying about it going off! Although of course, we think it’s best used in cocktails like the one below!
Christmas Spiced Martini
50ml Christmas Spiced Gin
10ml simple syrup (or gingerbread syrup if you have some)
Dash of orange bitters (optional)
Orange peel, to garnish
Stir all the ingredients together with ice until very cold, then strain into a chilled martini or coupe cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve immediately! You can also add 15ml of vermouth for a more authentic martini flavour - you might want to reduce the amount of gin if you do this, as it packs quite the punch! Chin chin!
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