Source: “The Little Book of Gin” published bu “OH!” in 2020 (ISBN 978-1-91161-098-4)

Gin is one of the most popular spirts made at home. “Bathtub gin” is really nothing more than flavoured or infused vodka. It’s easy to make.

What you need:

  • A bottle of decent vodka (715ml)
  • 2 tbs of juniper berries
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 peppercorns
  • Dried orange and lemon peels (remove the pith)
  •  2 sterilized bottles

Make your gin:

  1. Sterilize your bottle with boiling water. Allow to cool.
  2. Pour half of the vodka into the bottle.
  3. Add the botanicals: juniper, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and peppercorns, and top with vodka.
  4. Keep the bottle in a cool dark place and leave for 24 hours. This is the infusion period.
  5. Taste the infusion. It should already be gin-esque. Add the lemon and orange peels.
  6. Shake the bottle gently.
  7. Leave for another 24 hours.
  8. Return and strain out the botanicals using a sieve or a sheet of kitchen roll. your gin will be yellow-brownish colour.
  9. leave the gin to sit for a couple of days; strain out any further sediment.
  10. Serve with thick ice, decent tonic and a garnish of your choice.