Ginspiration Spice KitMake Your Own Gin
MAKE YOUR OWN GIN! Making your own bespoke gin can be fun and satisfying if you have the right botanicals. Herbie’s Spices Ginspiration Spice Kit, combined with a vodka of your choosing, is a great way to commence your gin journey.
First, make your mix using the botanicals enclosed:
- Juniper Berries
- Coriander Seeds
- Rose Petals
- Orange Peel Pieces
- Orris Root Granules
- Grains of Paradise
- Cubeb Peppercorns
- Lavender Flowers
- Pink Peppercorns
- Cinnamon Quills
1. Pour one 700mL bottle of vodka into a 1 litre screw top jar (A 700mL jar is perfect if you have one).
2. Add spices (suggested spice proportions enclosed with the kit) and place lid on jar and shake well.
3. Store in a shaded place for up to 3 days, 5 days for a stronger flavour.
4. Shake occasionally for the first 2 days while infusing.
5. After 3 days pour off carefully into a jug.
6. Decant from jug back into 700mL bottle.
7. Enjoy your home made gin.
Spices in kit will make 2 batches with some spices left over for more experiments!
For a stronger flavour, infuse for up to 5 days.
Experiment with your own ratios of botanicals.
Yes, for those of you committed to a Dry July, or just wanting to lower your alcohol intake, here is a recipe for a gin-flavoured cordial to go with your favourite tonic water.
This approach is based on infusing the botanicals of your choice in a sugar syrup, rather than vodka. As the volatiles won’t infuse as quickly as in vodka, the process takes a little longer. Here’s what to do:
1. Combine the botanicals in the list on Page 1 of the recipe sheet, or create your own ratio of spices, and place in a sterilized jar of around 500mL capacity.
2. Make a sugar syrup with 1 ½ cups (375mL) water and ¾ cup (188mL) of sugar, gently heated, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly.
3. Add the sugar syrup to the jar with the spices, put the lid on and store at ambient temperature for 7 days.
4. After 7 days, strain off the botanicals and store the Gin Cordial in a bottle in the fridge.
5. For a refreshing drink, add 30mL Gin Cordial to 90mL tonic water, ice cubes and a twist of lime.