I’m going to share with you a fact I learnt recently, that blew my mind. Gin is vodka with an infusion of botanicals with the main one having to be juniper berries. I don’t know how I thought they made gin before this gem came to light but I sure drank enough to try to uncover it’s mysteries. Having tried the amazing flavoured gins and vodkas at The Chase Distillery in Hereford, it got me thinking.
Being as we’re in the middle of a mini chocolate series here on the blog, I thought can I make my own Chocolate Gin?
I used the directions from The Craft Gin Club and tailored to the botanicals to my gin taste. I tried to choose botanicals and flavours that I find in some of my favourite bean to bar chocolates. The gin won’t be clear like bought gins but you can pass the sieved gin through a water purifier to clear the colour.
Ingredients for one bottle of gin-
– 750ml good quality vodka
– 3 tbsp juniper berries
– 2 tbsp roasted cocoa nibs
– 1 tsp dried cherries
– 1 tsp dried blueberries
– 1 tsp soft brown sugar
– A small piece of dried grapefruit peel
1. Sterilise a clean mason jar with boiling water.
2. Add the botanicals to the jar, minus any fresh peel. Top up the jar with the vodka.
3. Leave to infuse in a cool dark place for 24 hours.4. Taste the infusion, add any fresh peel and any extra botanicals whose flavour you want to boost.
5. Leave for another 24 hours, giving the jar a gentle shake at least once. Don’t over infuse or the flavours will be too overpowering.
6. Filter out any botanicals with a sieve, if there is still some sediment left, use some muslin to filter again.
7. Leave the liquid to sit for a few days and then filter out any more remaining sediment.
8. Bottle your gin! Enjoy straight with ice or test out with mixers that complement your botanical blend.