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Author Daniella

Ingredients

  • 500 ml glass bottle*
  • 500 ml vodka
  • 4 tbsp juniper berries
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 liquorice root
  • 1 cassia bark
  • 2 inches dried orange peel

Instructions

First sterilize the bottle

  1. Wash your bottle well with hot water and dish soap.
  2. Place in a pot and fill to the top with water, completely covering your bottle.
  3. Bring the water to a strong boil for 10 minutes.
  4. Use tongs to remove the bottle, set on a tea towel or paper towel to cool and dry.

Now make your gin

  1. Put all the dried spices and aromatics into the empty bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with vodka.
  3. Leave in a cool, dark place to infuse for 24 hours.
  4. Add dried orange peel, and leave to sit in a cool, dark place for another 24 hours.
  5. Taste to see if the gin has infused enough. If not, let sit for max another 12 hours. Don’t let the gin infuse too long – you can overdo it.
  6. Once the gin is ready, pour the liquid through a sieve into a measuring cup to remove the botanicals.**

  7. Pour filtered gin back into your bottle and if there is any sediment, filter using a coffee filter or muslin. Otherwise, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Make sure your glass bottle is made of tempered glass and doesn’t have any cracks. I first used a very cute sloe gin bottle, but it wasn’t tempered and cracked when I added the boiling water to sterilize it. I cut my hand pretty badly, so please be careful here!

**Don't worry if your gin isn't totally clear. As you can see in the top image, mine had a hint of color from the botanicals, which is totally normal in cold compounded gin!