One of things that always amused me was how Hawkeye and his doctor buddies were always distilling alcohol in their tent and having a few drinks after performing harrowing surgery on wounded soldiers.
It wasn't till I was an adult, had actually drank alcohol and understood its effect and also had a comprehension of the true reality of war that I understood by Hawkeye would need to have a few drinks in him.
Because war is hell.
Lucky for us though, most of us just want to make our own alcohol and have a quiet evening drink before we retire for the night, and our choice of poison?
Home brewed gin.
So let's make some using this kit!
Gin is never just gin. It is always made from a base of alcohol and that's why this why The Homemade Gin Kit has all the necessary ingredients and materials - you just need to supply 750 mls of vodka.
The vodka is the starting point.
So what does this gin brewing kit actually come with?
- Includes: Two 375ml Glass Bottles, Fine Stainless Steel Strainer,Stainless Steel Funnel
- Includes: One tin of juniper berries & One tin of botanical blend
- Made in USA so you're helping Americans keep their jobs.
So how to use the kit?
- Sterilize the bottle bottles. You could boil them or using something like sodium percarbonate.
- Add your botanicals to the jar
- Add your vodka, then leave to infuse in a cool dark place for 24 hours or so
- The next day, taste your infusion – it should already be beginning to taste like gin. That's the juniper taking hold. If you're feeling fancy add some fresh peel orange peel and any extra botanicals whose flavour you want to boost.
- Leave for up to another 24 hours. Give the bottles a shake a couple of times during that time.
- You are done. Use the strainer to get rid of the sediment and bottle.
- Enjoy with friends (and food!)
Here's a handy tip. If you want a stronger juniper flavor, and most gin drinkers prefer this, you can crush the juniper berries before adding them to the vodka. If you want to add even more juniper berries, they're usually available at the spice counter at any major grocery store.
So am I making gin or not?
Now, we'll say this upfront just in case some naysayers tut in with,' this is not how you make proper gin!'
We are not making distilled gin, we are making infused gin.
Because gin by definition is an alcoholic drink where juniper berries are the main ingredient.
And that's the most basic part of it.
The economics of making your own gin
What you are doing here is not making gin to make a cheap gin.
You are making gin for the experience of it. While the infusion method is not difficult at all, there's some reward in taking the time to follow the instructions and making your own gin.
The reward will be the same any home beer brewer gets, the satisfaction of having made the thing you are drinking.
If you are trying to make a fine gin, this method is not for you. You could try setting up a still but that's for keen enthusiasts only.