There are many considerations in making gin using botanicals and distilling procedures. Thus, it is not easy and takes a long time. Botanical infusions to gin come in four different ways as Vapour Infusion, Infused Distillation, Direct Infusion, and Vacuum Infusion. Infused Distillation is where the botanicals are placed or soaked inside the alcohol. The vapor infusion is where the juices or aroma of the botanicals are released out to the spirit. For the vacuum infusion, the botanicals are boiled to release their intense amount of aroma and mixed into the base spirit. The Direct Infusion is where the botanicals do not touch the spirit, which the botanicals are infused separately from the alcohol, wherein two bases are mixed. Here are 5 gin recipes that you can play around with if you are a home distiller:
1. London Dry Gin Botanical
Considering to have a dominant botanicals blend such as a London Dry Gin, at least 20 to 35 grams of the blend per 1 liter (1000ml) of ethanol as the base spirit. Proceed to your botanicals blend mix with the following with the Juniper’s amount in grams is 200. Coriander, half of the amount of Juniper (100g). One-tenth of the ratio of the amount of Juniper (20g) of the following: Angelica, Cassia, Cinnamon, Liquorice, Bitter Almonds, Grains of Paradise, Pepper, Cubeb Berries, and some other spices of your choice. Add a ratio of 1/100 (one-hundredth) of the amount of Juniper (5g) the following: Orange peel, Lemon Peel, Ginger, Orris Root, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Savoury, Calamus Root, Chamomile, Fennel, Anise seed, Cumin, Violet Root, and other flavors of your choice. Mix this botanical blend to your 1000ml of ethanol and leave for 24 hours for the flavors to infuse. Strain the sediments and let the gin mixture sit for another 12 hours and enjoy!
If you find distillation complicated, here is an easy recipe that does not require an expert distilling process:
2. Craft Gin Club gin recipe
You need a 750 of a quality vodka of your choice, 2 tablespoons of Juniper, 1 teaspoon of coriander, 2 cardamom pods, 2 peppercorns, half a stick of cinnamon, a dried orange peel (the amount is of your choice), and a small piece of dried lemon peel with no pith. Add to your jar or bottle the vodka and all the amount of Juniper berries. Then thoroughly add all the amounts listed for coriander seeds, 2 cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks. Leave and infuse for 24 hours and add the lemon and orange peel, leave for another 24 hours. After 24 hours, strain the mixture and completely remove the sediments and leave it for a couple of days. Your distilled gin is ready to serve.
3. Classical gin recipe
For this classical recipe, you will need a 750ml of Vodka into a container of your choice, add one ounce of Juniper berries, and give the mixture a shake! Let it sit for at least 4 hours. In a separate mixture, create a botanical blend of 1.2 ounces of Juniper berries, 0.35 ounces of coriander, 0.35 ounces of angelica root, and any other spice or flavor of your choice. It could be of flowers or fruits. Blend the botanicals mixture with the gin mixture after the 4 hours of waiting, and let the mixture sit for another 12 hours. Wait for the flavor to develop. Grab a sieve and strain out the mixture for this gin recipe of this classical botanical blend!
4. New ingredients gin recipe (G-funk blend)
This gin recipe is new to the taste as it contains unusual ingredients from the traditional classical gin recipes. First, mix 1.2 ounces of Juniper berries, 0.35 ounces of coriander seeds, and 0.35 ounces of angelica root to a 750ml of vodka. For the botanicals blend, add in 2 lemon peels, 2 orange peels, 2 grapefruit peels, 2-star anise pods, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, and 125 ml juniper berries in another 750ml of a neutral base spirit. Combine the two mixtures and let it sit for 24 hours. Stir and strain the gin from its sediments and let it sit for another 12 hours. Enjoy the blend of the G-funk gin recipe!
5. Exotic Blend gin recipe
For this recipe, just follow the 750ml vodka, 1.2 ounces of Juniper berries, 0.35 ounces of coriander seeds, and 0.35 ounces of angelica root mixture of the G-funk blend. The botanicals blend of this mixture is what makes it distinct and exotic. Add in 1.2 ounces of juniper berries, 0.14 ounces of coriander, 0.14 ounces of bitter orange peel, 0.14 ounces of jasmine flower, 0.14 ounces of green tea, 0.35 ounces of angelica root, and 2 cinnamon sticks to another 750ml vodka. Combine the two mixtures all together and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, stir and strain the sediments of the mixture and let it sit for another 24 hours. Enjoy this exotic blend gin recipe!