How To Make Gin In Your Own Kitchen

If you’re fond of having guests over, why not show off your hidden bartending skills and try making your own gin. The process is simple, and you can customize or adjust it to your desired taste. Besides, instead of getting store-bought gin, you can proudly say you made one from home. 

Inspired to make your homemade gin yet? Here is a step-by-step guide for you:

Shop For High-Quality Ingredients 

When you google gin and tonic, you’ll find different recipes and ingredients. Its base is vodka and juniper berries with a hint of other botanicals. But you can always customize it to the flavors you prefer more.  

If you’re unsure, you can check out the best gin in Australia from Four Pillars to get an idea. As such, it’s best to get high-quality ingredients in the making of gin and tonic. You may use what you have in your kitchen or pantry. However, if you lack some products, feel free to shop at your local grocery.  

Here is a list of ingredients you can follow: 

  • 2 Bottles of vodka (Top three brands are Absolut, Grey Goose, and Svedka, but if you can’t find either of the three, you may use any brand available in your supermarket.) 
  • Orange 
  • Lemon 
  • Large lime 
  • 1 Cup of juniper berries 
  • 1 Teaspoon of peppercorn  
  • 1 Teaspoon of cardamom pods  
  • 2 Teaspoons of coriander seeds  
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks  
  • Fresh rosemary  
  • Mint leaves  
  • Tonic water  
  • 2 large mason jars (It should be about the same fluid ounces as one bottle of vodka.) 
  • If you can’t find mason jars, use two large-sized silicone reusable zip lock bags instead.

Feel free to omit the ingredients you don’t like. You may use other citrus fruits or grapefruits. You can also add ginger, lavender, rose petals, and lemongrass. It’s really up to you. Remember that it’s better to get fresh ingredients because it gives more flavor than dried-out ones. 

Crush The Botanicals 

Take out your mortar and pestle and fill them with cardamom pods and juniper berries. Start crushing them and continue doing so until they’re slightly crushed.   

You may skip this step: add the rest of the botanicals in the mortar and pestle, except the fruit peel, and then pound. This is to release the aroma of the other botanicals.  

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a chopping board and pound it using the flat side of a butcher’s knife or any knife.  

After that, zest your orange, lemon, or lime on your crushed ingredients. In zesting the fruits, don’t include the pith. That white part on the fruit peels is bitter.  

Start Storing 

Get your two mason jars, but you may use the silicone zip lock bags if you don’t have one. On the first jar, place the orange peels, half a cup of juniper berries, half a teaspoon of cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, a teaspoon of coriander seeds, rosemary, half teaspoon of peppercorns, and a bottle of vodka. Give it a good stir, and then close the lid.  

And then, on the second jar, add half a cup of juniper berries, mint leaves, lemon peels, lime peels, a teaspoon of coriander seeds, half a teaspoon of cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, half teaspoon of peppercorns, and a bottle of vodka. Mix everything, and then put the lid on.  

It’s essential to fill the mason jar or zip lock bag and not leave any space for air since oxygen may react with the alcohol and cause it to change its taste and quality. Store it in a cool, dry, and dark place. Keep them away from any source of heat.  

Let It Sit For A Day Or Two 

Let it sit for a day or more, depending on your preferred taste. Get a different mason jar. Take a strainer, put it on the mason jar, and filter out the botanicals. Use a coffee filter and put it on the mason jar. Pour the liquid back until you don’t see any floating particles. Do the same process on the other flavored gin.  

You can skip this step: put your zip lock bags or mason jars in water bath equipment. Give about 20 to 30 minutes. Sieve the botanicals and make sure that there are no particles in the liquid. 

Prepare two empty glass bottles and transfer the gin there.    

Time To Serve 

Label the glass bottles to know which flavor is which. Put them in the refrigerator and give them ample time to chill. After an hour or two, get a high ball glass, and put in a few blocks of ice cubes. Pour the gin, and then add tonic water. Depending on the flavor, cut up a few slices of either the orange, lemon, or lime. Add either rosemary or mint to garnish. And then serve.  

Gin is best paired with seafood like shrimp and pork dumplings, smoked salmon, baked mussel, and fish and chips, to name a few. 

Conclusion:

This could be your first step towards unlocking your potential at bartending. You might find yourself spending the weekends trying out different flavors. The guide above will serve as your basis in making other kinds of flavor gin.  

About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.