Monday, November 25, 2013

Homemade Gin Kit

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Sarah and her husband own a local company called The Homemade Gin Kit. They launched the company one year ago right here in the DC area and were the first company selling a kit like this! Most people don't realize that it is possible to make a small batch of gin at home without costly (and illegal) distilling equipment.

Keith is a gin drinker.  So when Sarah reached out to me to try it out for myself, I asked Keith if he'd be interested.  Of course, he said yes.

All the tools you need (minus the vodka), packed up nicely in a box.
This kit comes with a special blend of spices, botanicals, and flowers, a tin full of juniper berries, two Italian glass bottles, a double mesh fine strainer, and a funnel.  You need to supply your own bottle of vodka as the base alcohol.  Making gin in your own home is a fun process - it takes 36 hours from start to finish - and the finished product is actually quite good.

First, you add the juniper berries and let soak for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, the liquid will be slightly colored.  Next, add the botanical mixture. Shake thoroughly and let sit for another 12 hours.
Finally, strain the liquid into the glass jars provided.  Some berries and herbs will remain on the bottom of the bottle.
The gin kit makes a wonderful gift (especially with the red ribbon adorning the box).  Or since two bottles come in the kit, keep one of the finished product gin and give the other one away as a present.  This was a fun and easy homemade gin kit.  We made a classic gin & tonic to taste.  I could pick up the floral notes immediately, but it was not too medicinal.  Overall, I was impressed with the gin we made at home.  Check out the limited edition Christmas gin blend featuring notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger, and rosemary - resulting in a homemade gin that will smell and taste like the holiday season!  Purchase your own Homemade Gin Kit here.

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