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Gin is a delicious beverage. As a result of getting a gin making botanicals kit for my birthday I started to make my own gin. Homemade gin is delicious. Gin derives from a Dutch beverage, called Jenever, but is a quintissentially English strong spirit drink. It is traditionally served as a gin and tonic, or as a martini (which my dad used to make the best of in Ontario). Homemade gin is delicious, so here is a directory of all the homemade gins I have made.
Instructions for making gin - read this first, unless you want to blow yourself up, make yourself blind, or be arrested.
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Za'atar, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Florina Pepper
A herbaceous gin that uses Za'atar and various forms of pepper. Basically I'm emigrating and need to use up my spice rack, so it gets turned into gin.
It's a lovely pleasant gin as a matter of fact. The za'atar is herby and uplifting and the mix of peppers really brings some fruitiness to the gin.
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Mace
A friend of mine who went on holiday to Sri Lanka picked up some interesting spices including cardamom, nutmeg and mace (the strands around the outside of nutmeg kernels). So along with the base gin botanicals, I added some of these Sri Lankan botanicals to make this spicy, south Asian inspired gin!
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Licorice, Purple Basil, Thyme
I bought some purple parsley in Armenia, which sadly in dried form isn't as delicious as it is in fresh form. I also bought some thyme at the Khachik Gata Festival, which was a most amusing place, as I also drank some stupendously strong vodka, as well as some home made wines.
So I thought I'd turn these herbs into gin. And the gin comes out pretty well!
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orris Root, Licorice, Cubeb, Grains of Paradise, Lemon Peel, Orange Peel, Cassia Bark, Citric Acid
I've not made any gin for a while, mainly because I was given a bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire for Christmas, which while an okay beverage, kinda okay beverage, isn't something I'll sit down and drink sophisticatedly, instead I've been mostly drinking it with apple soda. So this is the basic botanicals from my botanicals kit that I started off with when I started making gin! I also added a bit of citric acid to make this a bit sharper. I'm just trying to have a tidy out basically because I have some big plans coming up later this year.
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica
So, I hadn't made any gin for a while and I noticed that my juniper was starting to look a bit, well, dodgy. So I made a big batch of gin, using just the 3 basic gin botanicals, and lots of them.
So what does it taste like? Well I figure that the vodka has successfully pickled away any dodginess, along with the filtering, to make this gin excellent.
It's actually quite light, and clean, tastes basically like a normal straightforward gin, instead of a silliness. It's pretty good, definitely drinkable!