Did you know you can make your own gin at home - no copper still needed?! Gin is made by infusing a base neutral spirit with various botanicals, of which one of them must be juniper berries. Vodka is a neutral spirit so, you can make gin from vodka.
It’s probably not in our best interest to tell you this, but if you fancy giving it a go, here is a beautiful winter gin recipe - you never know, your gin could end up in our Gin of the Month box!
Think of all the aromas of winter - pine, zesty orange, warm cinnamon…all of these beautiful flavours make up the bontanicals that go into this winter gin. Serve as a classic G&T or with ginger ale to give it a fiery kick! Perfect for warming the cockles!
Winter Infused Gin
Start by soaking just the juniper berries in the vodka in a mason jar (with lid) over night.
After the juniper berries have soaked, add the rest of the botanicals. Screw the lid on tightly and give it a little shake.
Store your gin in a cool dark place for 36 hours.
Strain your infused gin into another clean jar or bottle, through a muslin cloth to catch all the bits. The gin may have a slight yellow tinge to it, but that's fine.
Enjoy with a classic tonic water or ginger ale.
2 Tbsp juniper berries (fresh or dried)
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 star anise
1 tsp dried orange peel
3 inch sprig of pine or 1/2 dried sprig
1 cinnamon stick
1 allspice berry
1 dried sage leaf