After the great success of our last piece about whisky distilleries, we’ve decided to follow up with a similar article on gin.
Many different kinds of spirits can be made from grains, fruits, and vegetables. Australian gin is alcohol caused by distilling the ‘main ingredient’ such as juniper berries and other natural flavors such as citrus peels. The most important thing about gin is the juniper berries. These give the spirit both its aroma and taste. When it comes to finding a perfect gin recipe, there’s no doubt that it’s a matter of personal preference; what one might like in their glass of gin and tonic, another person may not like at all. If you’re new to making your homemade gin, then you might want to start small before trying out more complex recipes with multiple ingredients or complicated distillation processes. That’s why we decided to start with the most straightforward recipe and move on from there.
What you need:
– 30 ml of gin (we recommend using a cheap bottle).
– 91% alcohol or pure grain alcohol (you can find this at your local supermarket in the paint section).
– A few juniper berries (they can be found almost anywhere, even at your local grocery store).
– A 500ml bottle for storing the finished product (a recycled glass jar will do just fine).
1.) Fill your 500ml container halfway with 91% alcohol and add a few juniper berries (around 10).
2.) Shake it up and put it somewhere dark for two days.
3.) On the third day, take out your berries and pour 30 ml of gin into the container with your alcohol extract.
4.) Shake it up again and let it sit for another two or three days, then repeat this process one more time.
5.) After ‘steeping,’ filter the liquid through a coffee filter to remove all sediment from the extract.
6.) Store in an airtight bottle once filtered. Congratulations! You have just made your homemade gin.
For those who are new to making their spirits at home, here’s a bit of distillation. Distillation is when you heat liquids containing alcohols (such as vodka, bourbon, etc.) until they evaporate; after that, you can capture and cool the vapor, so it turns back into a liquid. If you don’t already have one, we suggest purchasing a good quality 500 ml still from your local homebrew supply store. You might also want to invest in a hydrometer used to measure the percentage of alcohol in the solution. This will come in handy when trying different kinds of recipes. Even though this process may seem complicated at first, it can be easy to make with plenty of time and patience! Let us know what kind of gin recipe you tried out or if there’s another kind that you recommend.