Recently, while looking for a Christmas Gift for my Brother In Law, I stumbled upon this Kit to Make Your Own Gin. I was immediately enthralled with the idea. My Brother in law loved craft beers, and this sort of home-made compound Gin allows the user to do something similar- but with Gin!
Here’s the skinny: Commercial Gin is made by infusing a donor alcohol and then distilling it again. You can, however, make “compound gin” at home by infusing a medium grade vodka with Juniper and other botanicals. Using different blends of spices and herbs, there are endless flavor possibilities!
The trouble I found with the kit, however, is that it only offers enough of the ingredients to make 1 batch of Gin. Further, they have all the botanicals pre-measured and packaged so you can only make one flavor. I wanted to give my brother in law a more complete experience, with the ability to experiment and make his own flavor based on his tastes. So, I decided to make the kit myself!
I found EVERY ONE of the botanicals at my local Harvest Health foods. I was really surprised, and had expected to have to order at least some of them online. Nope! Oh, and did I mention they were all around $1 each!? That mean’s my Make Your Own Gin kit is not only more versatile, but cheaper than the commercial one.
What I bought:
Links to Amazon products in case you can’t find these at your local herb shop(I strongly recommend looking for one of these)
- Whole Coriander
- Allspice Berries
- Lavender Flowers
- Rose Hips
- Green Cardamom (pods)
- Fennel Seed
- Pulverized Dried Lemon Peel
- Black Peppercorns
- Bay Leaves
- Two 750 ml Glass bottles with a cool cork or Local Grocery Store
- Fine Mesh Strainer or Dollar Tree
- Coffee Filter (On Hand)
- Funnel at Local Grocery Store
How I Made It:
Well, I didn’t want the gift to be just a bunch of stuff I bought. I mean, c’mon! You guys know me, and I always have to take it a step further. So, I spent HOURS researching Gin, Gin recipes, compound Gins, the history of Gin and everything else I could think of. With that information, I made this super cute printable. Its got all of the instructions the recipient needs to use the items in the kit to make Gin. I’ve got 3 different compound Gin recipes to use as a guideline and place for them to write their own concoction. Oh, and I tried to make it “not too cutesy” per my hubby’s request.
After that, I made a cute label printable and put his name in it. I glued it to the bottle and voila! Personalized awesome DIY Gin kit! GET THE LABELS.
That’s it! Put everything in a cute box and you’ve got an amazingly thoughtful, fun and pretty darn cheap Manly gift!
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