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Homemade Flavoured Gin Recipes

ILoveGin works with a whole host of experienced craft gin distillers, dedicated and passionate about their gin – all of which are included in our gin subscription boxes. However, while our partners have years of training and experience helping them to master-craft their product, for those wanting to make their own gin at home, the process can be pretty straightforward to follow!

Most commercial gins are made via distillation. However, you can make homemade gin by steeping your chosen botanicals in a base spirit, otherwise known as “compound gin”.

Here, ILoveGin takes you through the steps of creating your own homemade flavoured gin, including popular flavoured gin recipes to consider:

 

Step 1: Decide on the Flavour of Your Gin

When deciding to create your own homemade flavoured gin, it’s best to firstly decide on the flavour for this. Gin will traditionally contain a juniper flavour, alongside other spices, so it’s best to decide on flavours that will compliment these traditional botanicals.

 

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Some fun gin flavours could include:

Especially now that summers begun it might be good to try light and refreshing combinations, like a fruity berry or a citrusy grapefruit gin. Once you’ve established your flavours, you’ll be ready to proceed to the next step.

 

Step 2: Choose Your Base Spirit

After picking the flavours for your homemade gin, the next step is to choose your base spirit. When wanting to flavour the gin, it’s recommended that you pick a base spirit that’s good quality and quite clean, without any strong dominating flavours, as these might clash with the flavours you’ve picked out for the gin.

While more neutral-tasting gins are advisable, if you’ve got a particular gin in mind with a strong distinct taste these can work well too provided you want to add flavours that will compliment this base.

 

Step 3: Add Your Flavours to the Base Spirit

Make sure all the equipment you use for this is sterile before adding your base spirit into a sealable jar.

 

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After this, you can then add your flavouring ingredients into the jar with the spirit and leave this mixture for a set period of time so that the flavouring can leach into your base spirit. Below is a timescale of how long you should leave your flavouring in depending on what it is:

  • Berries: 3-4 weeks
  • Citrus: under a day
  • Florals: 1 month

Before taking out your flavouring ingredients, it’s best to first taste test the flavoured gin. Once you are happy with the flavour of your gin, you’ll then be ready to move onto step number 4.

 

Step 4: Remove Flavourings

Once you’re happy with the flavour of your gin, you’ll then need to remove any solids and sediments from the mixture. Solids can firstly be removed by pouring the mixture through a sieve, and then getting rid of sediments through a coffee filter.

 

Filter-in-jar

 

Once the mixture has been properly filtered, your flavoured gin will be ready to enjoy!

 

Step 5: Store Your Gin

Once you’ve filtered through the gin, you’ll then need to store it in a well-sealed container. A lot of people like to store this in a nice-looking Kilner jar.

Once you’ve poured the gin into this container, you’ll have to then store it in a place that’s cool and dark. The gin can be kept for a year at max.

 

Homemade Gin FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions around making your own gin at home:

 

How Long Should You Infuse Gin For?

The length of time you should infuse the gin for will depend upon the type of flavouring ingredients you’re using. Here is a rough guide for how long to leave certain types of ingredients in to infuse for:

  • Berries: 3-4 weeks
  • Citrus: under a day
  • Florals: 1 month

While these are the advised periods to infuse your gin for, it’s good to taste test the gin before straining it out to ensure you’re happy with the flavour.

 

Is it Legal To Make Your Own Gin?

Yes, it is legal to make your own flavoured homemade gin via the method described in this article. However, in the UK it is illegal to distil spirits without a licence.

 

Does Fruit Infused Alcohol Ever Go Bad?

The shelf-life of your infused alcohol will depend on the recipe you’ve used. You can keep this recipe of homemade flavoured gin for up to a year.

 

What Ingredients Are in Gin?

The two integral ingredients in gin are:

  • A neutral, distilled spirit (distilled from an ingredient like wheat or barley)
  • Botanicals (including juniper and other herbs, flowers spices and seeds)

For a gin to be classed as a traditional gin, it’s predominant flavour must be juniper.

 

How is Gin Different to Vodka?

Gin differs from vodka due to its additional ingredients, such as juniper berries. Without these additional ingredients, technically, the spirit can be classed as vodka.

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