Sunday, April 10, 2011

Homemade "Cold Infused" Gin.

I am a Gentleman who enjoys Gin, more so than Whiskey, Rum, etc. I normally drink Hendricks, I suggest you do to. Anyhow, last week I was Google machining on how to make gin (link). Aside from distilling, there was the "cold infusing" method. Basically your making a cold alcohol tea. The website mentioned buying a very high percentage spirit, then steeping and cutting with a lower percent spirit to get a "reasonable" finished product. While reading the comments a fellow wrote his recipe. And his included just one bottle of Vodka as the base spirit. A more economical endeavor for a first time. So I gave it a whirl, and just last night the week long steep was over, and I have included some pictures of the before filtering and after. The finished product is something so fresh, the flavors are sharper, being able to pick out each one individually. So if you have a 20 min to kill and a bottle of vodka you can part with, I suggest giving it a try. If anyone has tried other variations, I would love to hear about it!

The recipe I used is as follows:

-1 750mL bottle vodka
-20 cracked juniper berries
-1 Tbsp. coriander seed
-3 whole cloves
-3 whole green cardamon
-1 star anise
-3 allspice berries
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 whole nutmeg
-1 small piece ginger root
-2 large fresh orange peels
-2 large fresh lemon peels

The mixture of spices and vodka "steeping".

Start of the first filtering.

Back to clear after second filter.

Bottled in T.W.C.B. bottle!.

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