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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, 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.
This gin has yet to be tasted.
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, 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.
This gin has yet to be tasted.
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!
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Licorice, Cocoa, Chipotle Chilli, Lime
I was in Hotel Chocolate, which is a British premium chocolate shop and spied some rather interesting looking cocoa gin. So instead of buying some, as a gin maker, I decided to make some, and ended up with this cocoa gin myself. I've also added chipotle chilli and lime, which are delightful flavours which complement the cocoa.
This is quite a rich gin and the chipotle really stands out. The cocoa and the lime stand out considerably less, but nevertheless bolster the flavour of the gin. It is certainly a tasty, if spicy gin.
Botanicals: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Black Pepper, Green Pepper, Pink Pepper
A simple gin this one is, made from the classic juniper, coriander and angelica botanticals. To it black, green and pink peppercorns were added, which give a delicious peppery taste.
This gin is marvelous, it is fragrant, and relatively light, and it doesn't have silly out of place flavours that make it taste not gin like.